In addition to residents reporting intoxicated people urinating and defecating in yards, partiers left behind 10 tons of trash on the beach — which garnered attention from national media outlets.
May 23, 2021
The Honorable Robert M. “Bobby” Dyer, Mayor
2401 Courthouse Drive,
City Hall Building #1, Room 281, Municipal Center
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
RE: Floatopia, Memorial Day 2021
Dear Mayor Dyer:
I am writing you with immediate and great concern. The Ocean Park bayfront community has once again been targeted as the location for the unsanctioned Floatopia event on Sunday, May 30, 2021. The event coordinators, Matthew David and Stephen Hobbs, are specifically targeting the Lesner Bridge channel and eastern Ocean Park beach. This concern is evidenced in the below social media posts.
I am certain you recall the significant destruction left in the wake of the 2019 Floatopia event that elicited substantial lawlessness and resulted in extensive beach debris – literally tons of debris was scattered across our beach and in the Bay for residents and City workers to clean. It was so destructive that it garnered attention from both national and international media. Attached are notes taken from the emergency Ocean Park Civic League meeting in the aftermath of the 2019 Floatopia, which many of you may have attended.
Mayor Dyer, We cannot allow this event to occur on our beaches again!
We, as a community in Ocean Park, are wholly opposed to this event and the terrible impact it had on our small community, as well as the terrible environmental impact left in its wake (beach and bay debris left behind to pollute our land and beaches and the untold impact on countless native species of fish, birds and other native animals).
Memorial Day weekend is just a few days away, and time is of the essence! With such a short window of time to act to prevent the Floatopia organizer(s) from unleashing another international debacle on our community again, our residents require immediate communication from you regarding the City’s plan to prevent a repeat of the 2019 disaster. Please respond with details as soon as possible and we will share your response with our residents.
Ocean Park Civic League President
Cc:James Wood, Vice Mayor/Councilmember, Lynnhaven District #5
Louis Jones, Councilmember, Bayside District #4
Patrick A. Duhaney, City Manager
Paul W. Neudigate, Police Chief
Captain Jeffery Wilkerson, Commanding Officer 3rd Precinct
Mark Shea, Comprehensive Planning Coordinator, Bayfront Advisory Commission
Phil Davenport, Chairman, Bayfront Advisory Commission
Todd Solomon, Shore Drive Community Coalition
Chief, Prevention Department, Commander Dean Horton, Sr., U.S. Coast Guard
Frank Rabena, Vice President, Virginia Pilot Association
PREVIOUSLY: EMERGENCY MEETING Over 200 people attended including the Mayor, 2 Councilmen, City Manager, Public Works Director, 3rd Precinct Captain, Deputy Fire Chief, Deputy City Manager & other leadership.
Terrific discussion and Q&A at BAC meeting yesterday about storm water work being done from Lesner Bridge to Great Neck Road plus updates on infrastructure improvements to Pleasure House Road and Shore Drive Phase 3 and Phase 4 timelines.
We’ve been patiently waiting for feedback about the abrupt switch that happened last week. We’ve reached out to several people & added a Request using the Guest feature of VB Works and haven’t heard back yet.
A few of our questions are:
Will SeeClickFix Account be automatically migrated to VB Works?
Will custom maps created in SeeClickFix be automatically migrated to VB Works?
Will current open SeeClickFix issues be automatically migrated to VB Works?
What should SeeClickFix users do and when?
Will your office put out guidance about the switch?
We also have some questions about Privacy as the new company behind VB Works – Incapsulate, which is a subsidiary of Sales Force, asks for what appears to be an enormous amount of information to use VB Works. We could find no info about ThreeOneOneCapsule.
We’ve also asked about the details for each item Sales Force is requesting to use the VB Works app system.
We sincerely hope VB Works becomes as popular as SeeClickFix was!
If you have any feedback about the switch, please let us know!
We’ll be safely meeting in Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad May 24th at 730pm.
Brad Vanderwarker & team from Public Works Stormwater Engineering will be providing an update on what’s happening east of Lesner Bridge.
They’ll be answering your questions too,
Join us! More details to follow.
Curious about Phase 3? It’s start has apparently been pushed back to late 2022 and Phase 4 has also been pushed back several years.
Recently presented at Bayfront Advisory Committee meeting and also available here.
Planning Commission will vote on their recommendation concerning the proposed 197 unit Marlin Bay Apartment Complex on June 9th after the public hearing at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
The Staff Report will be posted with the recommendation of the City Planning Department by noon on June 3rd.
Contact City Planner Hoa N. Dao, Planner III