Breaking News: The developers of the Marlin Bay Apartment complex have sent a letter to the city withdrawing the project from the City Council agenda. We support their request to withdraw the application and we thank the developers and owners for listening to the community’s concerns and reconsidering the potential redevelopment of those lots. We look forward to working with them on finding a mutual solution to this and other projects within the community.
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Choices will be made at Planning Commission Meeting September 8th 2021 that will affect future generations – not only in Virginia Beach.
Is 197 apartments adjacent to Pleasure House Point the best land use of this parcel in The Gateway to Virginia Beach located near the internationally renowned Brock Environmental Center in a City that is 2nd nationally for impact from sea level rise after only New Orleans?
A Public Hearing of the Virginia Beach Planning Commission will be held on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall, Building 1, 2nd Floor at 2401 Courthouse Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23456. Members of the public will be able to observe the Planning Commission meeting through livestreaming on http://www.vbgov.com, broadcast on VBTV, and via WebEx. Citizens who wish to speak can sign up to speak either in-person at the Council Chamber or virtually via WebEx by completing the two-step process below. A Staff briefing session will be held at 9:00 a.m.. All interested parties are invited to observe.
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.
Daniel Murphy Ocean Park Civic League President firstname.lastname@example.org
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
The Planning Commission will be voting at their Wed. March 10th meeting to adopt a proposed ordinance change to Short Term Rentals. The meeting will be held at Noon Wednesday in the VB Convention Center. The Commission will recommend that Short Term Rentals(STR) be allowed in a Cape Story by the Sea overlay district that includes a section of the Cape Story neighborhood north of Shore Drive between First Landing State Park and the Food Lion shopping Center. See the image below for the supported overlay district.
All STRs outside of overlay districts will be prohibited in the future if this ordinance is approved. So that will make Cape Story’s overlay one of only 3 areas in the City that will continue to allow STRs for the future. The Bayfront Advisory Commission, Shore Drive Community Coalition and Cape Story by the Sea Civic Association have all voted to oppose STR overlays. So it appears that the Planning Commission and City Council are ignoring the residents and attempting to set up a process that will be detrimental to neighborhood communities.
Anyone opposed to the proposed STR overlay district in the Shore Drive neighborhood is asked to register to speak against the ordinance at the Wednesday meeting. You can register to speak in person or virtually at the following link. In-person set up will be limited and socially distanced, so virtual is probably the best option if you plan to speak.