35-year-old Justin Cassidy was arrested on Monday and charged with five counts of robbery, four counts of use or display a firearm in commission of a felony and five counts of wearing a mask in public.
Some examples of the continuing coverage of how destructive Floatopia was to Ocean Park beach & neighborhood.
Others reported seeing people who could barely walk get behind the wheel and drive home. Some were so inebriated they couldn’t find their cars.
Many of the residents said that they felt laws weren’t enforced and that the city has ignored residents’ complaints about the event for years.
“Ocean Park is the dumping ground of Virginia Beach,” said Todd Parker, a neighborhood resident. “They love to collect our taxes, but we are the stepchild to the Oceanfront.”
Virginia Beach police said Shelby Ross Oliver left her baby and 7-year-old child alone for hours at the “Floatopia” event in [Ocean Park].
Many who spoke were angry and said the city should’ve been ready for the event. Although the amount of litter left behind on the beach is what dominated headlines, people who live out here said the issue is way bigger than the trash.
“I don’t know why I didn’t call the city.” Said self proclaimed Floatopia organizer.
Possible charges for the self proclaimed Floatopia organizer are pending.
Please note: Floatopia did not take place in “Chicks Beach”. It was in Ocean Park.
“Lots of floats, lots of wood, lots of things to party with. Beer cans and different types of food. Sock were everywhere,” Marino said.
Appalled and disgusted by the trash, long time Virginia Beach resident Melissa Noel posted a video to Facebook to help spread the word of keeping the beaches clean.
“All kinds of garbage, trash, bottles, towels, pieces of clothing, mats, cans,” said Drew Lankford, with the City of Virginia Beach Public Works Department.
Video of the trash quickly went viral on social media causing a lot of anger among the community.
“You know, it’s not a whole lot of effort to clean up after yourself,” Lankford said.
“It was really bad, it was a disaster,” he said. “I think the city management needs to really take a look at Floatopia and what it does to the community, around here.”
City council member Michael Berlucchi criticized the mess left behind.
“We can do better than this! Let’s work together to keep our City beautiful,” he wrote.
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Just one of the many videos on social media.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING – May you enjoy your time with friends and family.
Click here for a printable version of the agenda – 11.26.18 SDCC Agenda
SDCC General Meeting Agenda
Monday November 26, 2018 from 7:30 to 9:00pm
Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad Hall
(parking in back, on side streets and across Shore Drive)
Bayfront Beaches Sand Replenishment Update
Mr. Phillip Roehrs, City of Virginia Beach Public Works – Water Resource Engineer, will provide an update on current plans for sand replenishment project for Bayfront beaches. The last replenishment happened 5 years ago and our beaches are in dire need of help. When will dredging and replenishment begin? Where will the sand be placed? How long will the projects take? Will sand from the spoil sites be required as in past projects? These questions and others you may have will be discussed.
Officer’s Reports: Secretary – Kathleen Damon; Treasurer’s Report –Tim Solanic; Vice President – Wally Damon; President – Todd Solomon
Ocean Shore Shoppes Mixed Use Development Update – According to the current property owner, the proposed mixed use development will not be built. The property will be sold to Greystar/Overture Apartments.
Shore Drive Phase III Update – Shore Drive Phase III (CIP 2-117) is set to go out for bid in Feburary 2019 with construction to start sometime in the summer of 2019. This $26 million project will provide sidewalks, crosswalks, LED street lighting, bike lanes, improved traffic signals and landscaping. 4 lanes of traffic will be maintained during construction to minimize traffic delays. In addition to the road safety improvements, storm water upgrades will be made to some streets to help improve heavy rain collection and removal capabilities.
Lesner Bridge Replacement – The end is in sight. Paving of westbound lanes and bridge landings should be taking place soon now that the sidewalk has been completed. Updates are being posted at http://www.sdcc.info as they are received.
New Business –
Lynnhaven Municipal Wharf – Latest rumor is the site will be used as a staging site by Dominion Power for construction of offshore wind turbines. Does anyone have additional information regarding this subject?
Virginia Beach Police Department New Initiatives – Next Generation 9-1-1(texting based 9-1-1) and ePRO (electronic Police Reports Online), an interactive web application that allows public access to reported crime, traffic accident reports, and active warrants are new systems currently being used by the City. Check them out at the City’s website –
Community Concerns– Please share any issues or concerns your groups/organizations may have at this time.
PLEASE NOTE REVISED MEETING DATE
Due to Christmas and New Year Eve
***Next SDCC Meeting – Monday December 17, 2018***
Happened last night, Monday, about 855pm.
We were going to link to news coverage but there is none. (You can read that sentence again.)
Unbelievably no one was hurt. No idea the condition of the driver for this post.
Driver still not apprehended:
The description was a white male, shaved head wearing a black jacket with writing or a picture on the back.
Info so far:
Good morning all. We don’t know the exact time frame, but the Brock Center was vandalized on the concrete pilings, doors, and wind turbine. It was found this morning, and it appears there is one girl in particular being bullied. A few names were mentioned and some numbers were used. If you have a child with any of these names and they are getting bullied or you have any information, please reach out to us. We are hoping to catch the kids that did this.
We also heard from a visitor that there were kids on the roof this weekend who appeared to be of middle school age.
The numbers written were 220276 and 220270.
The names written included:
Jacob Santorius (or Sartorius)
Kyra (most frequently found with strong, vulgar language)
It appears that many of the places Kyra’s name was mentioned were scratched out with a different marker, so she may have been with or near them.
Please call the Brock Center with any information at 757-622-1964. Thank you.
Police said the SUV was believed to have been stolen. Several firearms were recovered from the vehicle, according to the release.
All three tried to run from the car. Police searched the area with a helicopter and K-9’s, and apprehended three suspects.