Subject: Proposed Noise Ordinance – SpeakUpVB

On behalf of Council Member Tower and myself, we invite you to participate as a stakeholder and provide your feedback on this issue. City Council is soliciting input regarding the proposed amendments to the City of Virginia Beach’s noise ordinance through a survey that is now available online.

The survey can be accessed here https://publicinput.com/noiseordinance. If you do not have access to a computer or are otherwise unable to complete the online survey, please utilize the copy attached to the email to make your changes. The document can be returned to Nancy Bloom, 2401 Courthouse Dr., Suite 3054, Virginia Beach, VA 23456.

Please note that while comments are appreciated, the survey is requesting residents and stakeholders provide their suggested textual changes to the proposed amendments. There are two options available to participate in the online survey:

  1. Download the Word version of the proposed noise ordinance. Turn on the “Track Changes” option. Make your proposed changes. Save your document using your last name and “proposed changes.” For example: Smith-Proposed Changes. Upload the document as described in the first tab on the front page of the survey.
  2. For those not familiar with or who would prefer not to use Word’s track change function, the survey has the proposed ordinance separated into sections, each with its own comment box. If you have proposed changes within a section, please use the comment box to indicate the line number and your proposed text change. Once you have finished submitting all your changes, go to the final tab of the survey and click “Submit.”
  3. The survey will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 30. Once closed, the recommended changes will be provided to Council Member Tower and myself for review.
    The City will be scheduling two facilitated listening sessions to review the submitted proposed changes, one occurring in mid-to-late afternoon and one occurring early evening. We would
    PHONE: (757) 636-1534

appreciate you providing your email address when you participate in the survey so we can continue to keep you informed regarding this important issue.

Finally, enclosed is a clean copy of the proposed ordinance for your reference. The current noise ordinance can be found at http://www.Municode.com (Select Code Library, then Virginia, then Virginia Beach; the relevant section is Chapter 23, Article II (Section 23-63 through Section 23- 73 of the City Code (not the City Charter)).
Rest assured that City Council has expressed as recent as the Tuesday, September 6, 2022, informal session that while a sixty-day timeline was set as forcing function, our peers on City Council have informed Council Member Tower and me to sustain a measure pace, but not to let the sixty-day deadline drive the submission of a proposal we do not believe is ready for public hearing before the full City Council.
If you have any questions concerning the survey, please contact Nancy Bloom at (757) 385- 6279.
John D. Moss Encl

Milling and Paving of Shore Drive to Start Monday Aug. 15th.

Public Works Announces Two Road Work Projects Starting on Aug. 15

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (Aug. 12, 2022) — Virginia Beach Public Works has announced two road improvement projects, one on Shore Drive and another on Edwin Drive, will begin on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022.  

The work on Edwin Drive (north- and southbound) will be from: 

  • Independence Boulevard to South Boulevard,
  • Expressway Drive from Edwin Drive to South Boulevard
  • Investors Place from Independence Boulevard to the cul-de-sac,
  • South Boulevard from Colonial Parkway West to Independence Boulevard
  • Southport Circle

The project on Shore Drive (east- and westbound) will occur from:

  • Kendall Street to Beech Street
  • Lynnhaven Drive from Great Neck Road North to Great Neck Road West
  • Great Neck Road West from the cul-de-sac to Adam Keeling Road
  • Adam Keeling Road from Great Neck Road North to Great Neck Road West

Both projects will include milling, paving, and pavement marking improvements. Work hours will begin at 7 p.m. each evening and end at 5 a.m. The projects will likely produce traffic delays, congestion, and some construction noise. Advanced warning signs will be clearly posted advising motorists of lane closures. Citizens are urged to use alternate traffic routes when possible.

Work on Edwin Drive is scheduled to be complete by Wednesday, Aug. 24. Shore Drive improvements are scheduled to be complete by Wednesday, Aug. 31. All scheduled work is weather permitting.

Virginia Paving is the contractor for both projects. For additional information, contact Dennis Simon at 757-385-1470, or Lonnie Minson with Virginia Paving at 757-675-8714.

“As of now there are no plans to use it as a dredge materials transfer station”


A brief history of attempting to use the beloved Lynnhaven Boat Ramp & Beach Facility(LBR&BF) as an industrial operation including safety conflicts with families, kids & boaters without checks & balances and logical rules & regulations for its safe use.

We don’t think it’ll look like this but we haven’t seen “AN ORDINANCE”.

You probably heard by now BAC voted to support:


We look forward to working with all stakeholders of the LBR&BF in ensuring “private dredging operations” will be safe and have the least amount of negative impact on this wildly popular VB Parks & Recreation facility.

We also look forward to seeing the words in “AN ORDINANCE”.

You might want to contact your City Council person today about this.



We believe a couple of the rules might come from Beaches & Waterways Commission Report from 2012.


“…there are no plans to use the wharf for a dredge materials transfer station.”

“The wharf was approved on a temporary basis back in 2012, as part of the Lesner Bridge construction. Now, the city wants to keep the wharf permanently.”


“The Assistant City Manager and City Staff were there to present plans for the Lesner Bridge replacement AND Building a Permanent Industrial Site at Crab Creek.”

Links to, and screen shots of archived Official Western Branch Lynnhaven River Maintenance Dredging (CIP 8-005) Public Works page at VBGov.com.

Partial screen shot of Official Page at VBGov.com.

A response from Mayor Sessoms re: turning the beloved Lynnhaven Boat Ramp and Beach Facility into a permanent dredge spoils location for the entire Lynnhaven Watershed.


LBR&BF will not have dredge spoils transfer station


“Based upon feedback received at the Public Meeting, alternate sites for a dredged material transfer station were evaluated. The proposed transfer facility has been moved from the Lynnhaven Boat Ramp Facility to a site located near the crossing of Thalia Creek and Virginia Beach Blvd.” City of Virginia Beach April 2009

Do you remember a barge hitting the Lesner Bridge days before City Council was to vote on making the LBR&BF a “dredge material transfer station”?

Do you remember a boat going up in flames in minutes on beach in river by LBR&BF?

Do you remember the tractor trailer delving to Starbucks losing all electronics – as in no brakes, no lights etc on Lesner Bridge & fortunately the skilled driver successfully jack knifed the truck to stop it which closed the Lesner Bridge for hours?


BAC was concerned with permanent dredge material transfer station.


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


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.

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.

“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?


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.