Time To Take Action! The City Council will now be addressing the Westminster Canterbury expansion on August 4th, 2020.

From the organized group in opposition to the WCCB Proposed Expansion, which if approved, will set a negative precedent in Shore Drive Community for the foreseeable future.

Time To Take Action

The City Council will now be addressing the Westminster Canterbury expansion on August 4th, 2020. As of now it looks like the meeting will be at The Virginia Beach Convention Center, but we do not have specifics as of yet. Please take the time to write and call all of the City Council members below and express the following.

Let them know they are not making a smart decision by having a meeting of 200 to 250 seniors in one room to discuss such an important issue even with social distancing.

Please let them know your concerns even if it means just sending the same or a similar letter that you sent the last time.

We understand that phone calls are even more impactful than emails so please feel free to call the City Council members to voice your concern.

Finally, we would like to suggest that you contact Governor Ralph Northam and encourage him to contact The Virginia Beach City Council and ask them to postpone such an important meeting and not risk the health of seniors that wish to voice their opinions about the Westminster Canterbury expansion plans.

Please use the emails, links and phone numbers below to contact our representatives.

Governor Ralph Northam https://solutions.virginia.gov/communityrelations2018/form/email
or call him at (804) 786-2211.


Use email below to communicate directly with individual Councilmembers & Mayor.

Robert M. “Bobby” Dyer – Mayor – bdyer@vbgov.com                       (757) 385-4581

James Wood – Vice Mayor/Council Member – jlwood@vbgov.com       (757) 366-1011
Jessica Abbott – Council Member – Jabbott@vbgov.com.                    (757) 344-3407
Michael Berlucchi – Council Member – mberlucc@vbgov.com               (757) 407-5105
Barbara Henley – Council Member – bhenley@vbgov.com                   (757) 426-7501
Louis Jones – Council Member – Lrjones@vbgov.com                         (757) 583-0177
John Moss – Council Member – jdmoss@vbgov.com                           (757) 264-9162
Aaron Rouse – Council Member – arouse@vbgov.com                         (757) 319-1398
Guy King Tower – Council Member – gtower@vbgov.com                    (757) 600-4567
Rosemary Wilson – Council Member – rcwilson@vbgov.com                (757) 422-0733
Sabrina Wooten – Council Member – Swooten@vbgov.com                 (757) 797-5625

“I drafted a survey that attempts to gather data and solicit for help to determine the extent of the problem. Any options presented to the City are going to have to be backed up with numbers and narratives of significant incidents that have occurred.”

A request from your neighbor at our DISCUSS Page:

Darryl A. Stubbs says:July 22, 2020 at 9:45 am

“Hello fellow Shore Drive neighbors,

I am requesting the survey linked below be distributed to in order to get more respondents. Below is a post I made on “Next Door Safety” a few days ago and have received 55 individual person responses from communities located along the Bay Beach/Shore Drive. So far the information collected in the survey is revealing. It appears most folks have strict control of their dogs on the beach, however 90% of these same folks have encountered dogs not under control and 70% of the 90% say they have had concerns about the safety of their dog or person. 10% of the 70% have had slight or severe injury done to their dog by uncontrolled dogs.

More survey respondents are necessary for this survey to provide actionable data. Not looking for opinions on what should be done. That will come after this survey data is analyzed, a committee is formed and more research is done. Looking to provide options to the City to make out beaches enjoyable for all. This is not, repeat is not, an effort to have a leash law for the beaches….”

More info about the Survey:

Here is the survey. No more posts of opinions and positions are required or desired on Next Door. If you have good intentions and are willing to back up comments with some action, please join the Committee referred to in the Survey”.


Macaroni, an 8-year-old Shih Tzu, was attacked by a pit bull on Chic’s Beach on June 23, 2020. (HANDOUT)

City Council Hearing for Westminster Canterbury Proposed Expansion Officially Set for Aug 4th at the Convention Center

City Council’s official agenda notice for their Aug 4th Council Meeting has Westminster Canterbury’s proposed expansion listed as Agenda Item #1.

Please note that the hearing has been moved due to the large attendance expected and will be held at the City’s Convention Center.  The meeting start time is still 6pm and seating will arranged to allow adequate social distancing for all those that wish to attend in person.  Make sure to arrive early since this is the first item on the agenda.

The hearing will also be held virtually, so you can still sign up to speak using a computer or smart phone.  Follow the instructions listed at the bottom of the notice.



“None of this would be necessary if people just did the right thing.”

Note: We apologize for the inconvenience. We weren’t able to share video at the point presentation started. Scrub to 8:20 for beginning.

Update from Governor.Virginia.gov:

July 14, 2020—Governor Northam stepped up enforcement of guidelines and restrictions as cases in the Hampton Roads area show a troubling increase.

According to local health officials, the rise in cases in the region is driven partly by people gathering in groups, often without wearing face coverings.

To increase enforcement of existing restrictions in restaurants and other places where people gather, Governor Northam is directing teams made up of members from the health departments, the Virginia ABC, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and other licensing agencies, to conduct unannounced visits to establishments as needed.

Governor Northam is also asking mayors of beach towns for an update on how they are following through on beach access plans put forth in May, and has directed Virginia ABC to develop a plan to impose an earlier cutoff for alcohol sales at restaurants.

Governor Northam will consider additional actions as needed.

Emphasis ours.

There is a lot more data broken down into deeper detail at Official Virginia Department of Health Coronavirus website.

As example:

Visit VDH.Virginia.gov/coronavirus for a lot more Daily Dashboard, Virginia’s Key COVID19 Measures, COVID19 Data Insights, Resources and much more.

Bayfront Advisory Commission Meeting – Thursday July 16th at 3:30pm at OPVRS

The following notice was received from City Staff identifying the upcoming BAC general meeting on Thursday July 16th at 3:30pm.  The meeting location will be the Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad meeting hall.  If you are unable to attend due to Covid-19 concerns, please note that the OPCL is offering a opportunity to view the Live Stream of the meeting.  If you are interested in that option, please contact Mark Shea at the email address below.

Here is the proposed agenda for the BAC meeting – 20200716PLN_BAC



Bayfront Civic leaders,

Hope everything is going well with each of you during these stressful times.  I wanted to give you, as regular attendees, a heads up that BAC will be meeting on 7/16/20 for the first time since February.  Due to social distancing requirements, the meeting has been moved to the Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad Building, at 3769 E. Stratford Drive.  Despite this switch to a larger meeting room, there will still be very limited capacity (we will also be asking that everyone wear a mask).

The developers of Marlin Bay Apts. will be giving a short presentation to BAC.  The Ocean Park Civic League has graciously offered to provide a one way live stream of the meeting so that many interested individuals can see and hear the presentation and discussion by BAC from their homes. If you are unable to get there early enough for entrance or feel uncomfortable attending, please send us an email with any issues you would like to bring to BAC’s attention.  Due to the pandemic, the Outreach ’20 and Strategic Planning sessions have been delayed indefinitely.   If you are interested in the streaming, I will provide your name to the Ocean Park representative so they can send you the link.

Thanks, and please let me know if you have any questions.


Mark E. Shea, AICP

Comprehensive Planning Coordinator

City of Virginia Beach

Department of Planning and Community Development





City Council Hearing for Proposed Westminster Canterbury 22 Story Iconic Landmark Set for Tuesday Aug. 4th


A date for City Council to hold the public hearing for the proposed development of a 22 story assisted living facility and a 7 story memory building has been set for Tuesday August 4th.  The location of the hearing will be the City Council Chambers or the Convention Center based on the Covid-19 requirements at that time.  We will provide updates as we get them.  Below is the email confirming the date has been set.


SDCC Residents Survey Results for proposed WCCB development – https://weloveshoredrive.com/2020/03/11/wccb-survey-summary-results/

VB Planning Commission Hearing March 11th Video link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h75pz3iVqgQ

VB Planning Commission Staff Report and additional background information – https://weloveshoredrive.com/2020/03/06/while-it-is-the-most-densely-populated-area-of-the-city-it-is-primarily-a-neighborhood-residential-area-the-general-planning-goals-and-policies-in-the-comprehensive-plan-include-preserving-and-pro/



Subject: RE: WC CUP Sign – Hearing Date Confirmation


Hello Todd,

Yes, the Westminster Canterbury application is scheduled for City Council review on August 4th.  According to the City Clerk’s Office no decision has been made at this time as to whether the hearing will be held in the Council Chamber or at the Convention Center.  While currently both in-person and virtual speakers are allowed, that decision may also be reassessed in the very near future.

Thank you.