People who have been concerned our beloved Lynnhaven Boat Ramp & Beach Facility will essentially close due to overwhelming safety issues if it also becomes a permanent dredge spoils station for the entire Lynnhaven Watershed have been using THIS LINK to write to City Council, The Beaches and Waterways Commission, Bayfront Advisory Committee and Shore Drive Community Coalition.
A response from Mayor Sessoms:
Subject: OPPOSITION TO USING CRAB CREEK FOR PERMANENT DREDGE SPOILS TRANSFER LOCATION
Thank you for your email expressing your opposition to using the Crab Creek site for a permanent dredge spoils transfer location.
Staff briefed the Bayfront Advisory Committee on February 16, 2012, regarding the need to create a transfer facility and material/construction lay down area at the Crab Creek/Lynnhaven Boat Launch dredged material holding area in support of the upcoming Lesner Bridge Replacement Project. This facility would operate for approximately 30 months, during which time the City would collaborate to keep the Lynnhaven Boat Launch facility available for our citizens and visitors to use. Once the co-existence had been in operation for a period of time, staff would seek public input on their performance managing the multiple uses of these public facilities. At that time, a recommendation would be made to City Council for consideration, and we would look at the advantages and disadvantages of converting the temporary use of the transfer station into a permanent facility. We would not expect to have this matter brought to us until approximately the spring of 2014.
Because of limited public accesses to the Lynnhaven to assist in accomplishing various projects, staff feels it is imperative that multiple beneficial uses be made of available properties. Your concerns are understood, and no decisions regarding a permanent spoils transfer site would be made until residents were given the opportunity to provide input.
The time you took to make us aware of your views and your interest in preserving the quality of the Lynnhaven Boat Ramp is greatly appreciated. Please be assured they will be given serious consideration.
William D. Sessoms, Jr.
City of Virginia Beach
Office of the Mayor
2401 Courthouse Drive, Building 1, Room 234
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
It was determined by the City of Virginia Beach the beloved Lynnhaven Boat Ramp & Beach Facility will not become a permanent dredge spoils transfer station for the entire Lynnhaven Watershed in April 2009. Link at SDCC.info.