City Council wants to hear from you about PLASTIC BAG FEE July 5th.

💚 PLEASE HELP THE LAND CRITTERS & OUR WATER CRITTERS‼️

Why a PLASTIC BAG FEE makes good sense for Virginia Beach 👇🏽

🔴 Plastic bags are NOT FREE taxpayer dollars are spent cleaning up these and other nuisance plastics. The majority of the funds collected from bag fees will be returned to Virginia Beach to fund litter prevention and clean-up activities

🟢 Environment: Bag user fees reduce the plastic waste stream and protect the environment.

🟢 Reusable bags are better for the environment; many are not made from fossil fuels, but rather natural fibers, like cotton, and contrary to some misinformation, are NOT less “clean” compared to plastic bags.

🔴 Single-use bags are among the most commonly littered items in Virginia Beach and across the state (Virginians use nearly 3 billion annually!).

🔴 They end up on our roadways, waterways, and coastlines, threatening ecosystem health and creating eyesores. Reuse is also not usually an option as these bags have become thinner and tear-prone, causing grocery store baggers to double and triple bag items.

👉🏽 Please plan to attend the July 5th Council meeting at 6 PM to show your support 💚‼️

2401 Courthouse Drive,
City Hall Building #1, Room 281,
Municipal Center, Virginia Beach, VA.

If you want to speak in support, please call the City Clerk’s office in advance. A citizen who wishes to address the council concerning an agenda item must register with the city clerk or deputy city clerk at 757-385-4303 prior to the meeting.

If you’d rather not speak, then please consider showing up and being there for numbers and moral support. We’ll have a sticker for you to wear!

If you are unable to attend, please send an e-mail to all Virginia Beach City Council members voicing your support at CityCouncil@vbgov.com

Plastic bags ingested by a turtle. Plastic Bay Fee helps prevent this.

Like a clean Lynnhaven River?

From email invite:

Senator DeSteph asked me to let folks know that we have secured meeting space so that area Civic Leagues and other interested parties can meet regarding the Oyster Reefs in the Lynnhaven River and Broad Bay. It will be held Wednesday, July 6th at 6:00 pmat Wave Church on Great Neck Road.

The subject of this Public Hearing is the ongoing Lynnhaven River Basin Ecosystem Restoration Project. This project directly affects all recreational users and residents/homeowners of and along the Lynnhaven River, including Broad Bay, the Narrows, Linkhorn Bay, Lynnhaven Bay, Pleasure House Creek, Keeling Drain and other local tributaries.

This meeting will include affected Civic Leagues, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Lynnhaven River Now, and the VMRC. The Secretary of Natural Resources, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and the Army Corps of Engineers will be invited as well.

Please inform, invite & encourage your Civic League Members/residents to attend this public hearing if they are a boater, a waterfront resident, or a concerned citizen on the future of our waterways and fragile ecosystem.

Many thanks,

Jill

If you want to help maintain & improve a clean Lynnhaven River thanks to Lynnhaven River NOW & Chesapeake Bay Foundation, you’ll want to attend. Bring your kids.

FLOATOPIA! “The destruction gained national attention”

Pilot coverage about FLOATOPIA this weekend.

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 from CoVB.

Hopefully the event will not be a national embarrassment for Virginia Beach again.

Interested in serving on City Council representing the Bayside District?

As you know, Virginia Beach and the Bayside District lost our long time serving Mr. Louis Jones recently. The citizen appointed by City Council will hold office until Dec. 31, 2022 and must reside in the Bayside District.

Start here to learn more about applying to City Clerk Amanda Barnes.

3 items the potential candidate might be interested in advocating for for the Bayside District and Bayfront:

Helping enhance resiliency for SLR & storm water management plus helping leverage resources at Brock Environmental Center for Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads & Virginia.
Accelerating the completion of Phase 4 in Ocean Park.
Actively engage with SDCC, BAC, Civic Leagues & bayfront residents.

Thanks to VB Parks & Rec for the friendly reminder!

Friendly reminder to keep dogs on a leash in our parks and natural areas to protect our environment and other wildlife, especially during nesting season as eggs and hatchlings from vulnerable diamondback terrapins can be threatened by unleashed dogs 🐢🐢🐢

We also want to remind folks when non-biodegradable confetti or microplastics are used to make popular gender reveal announcements, the wildlife habitat at our parks and natural areas suffers greatly. This harmful litter also pollutes our waterways which affects our community and our environment. 

It is critical that we all do our part to leave no trace and help protect and preserve our environment, waterways, and wildlife 🌎🌾🍃🐢🦮🐾

“Assist the Environmental Science Program teachers and coordinator in performing specific duties as assigned or undertaking specialized tasks.”

Looking for a great job at Pleasure House Point?

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the direction of the school coordinator and staff, the person will work in providing assistance to the Coordinator and Teacher of the Environmental Studies. The employee in this class is responsible for performing clerical and instructional tasks as well as participating and supporting the daily indoor and outdoor activities.

The successful candidate must be able to work collaboratively with VBCPS team members, Chesapeake Bay Foundation staff, community stakeholders, and students.

Learn more about Environmental Studies Program here.