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City considers approaches to wind-driven flooding; memo casts doubt on ideas that have support from Knight

Ed. — This story originally ran in the Sept. 28 print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Information from preliminary study about wind tides arrived this fall amid the threat of a hurricane that ultimately landed well south of here but… Continue Reading

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Amid community concern, developers redraw ‘agrihood’ plans, lowering residential density, commercial

Ed. — This story originally ran in the Friday, Oct. 26, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — The developers of Harvest Farms resubmitted plans for an “agrihood” near downtown Pungo in October after an initial proposal faced criticism from… Continue Reading

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Forum: Candidates for Princess Anne District on Virginia Beach City Council discuss ARP, appeal to rural voters

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS – The three candidates for the Princess Anne District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council appealed to voters during a forum at a rural hub within the district, joining a number of local candidates this… Continue Reading

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2018 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for City Council, Princess Anne District

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the Princess Anne District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council up for election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The incumbent is noted.… Continue Reading

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Plans for Harvest Farms development near Pungo changing following concern from public, advisory bodies

Ed. — A version of this story originally appeared in print in August. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Harvest Farms, a mixed-use development proposed for two properties in the heart of Pungo, faces opposition regarding the amount of housing and commercial… Continue Reading

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Letter: Oppose Harvest Farms, a turning point for Virginia Beach

Dear Editor: I am a Pungo resident, an athlete, a 3-acre mini farmer, a mom, a wife of a retired Navy serviceperson and a former business owner who is passionate about the outdoors. I live on one of the streets… Continue Reading

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Pungo: Committee input on hold while Harvest Farms ‘agrihood’ plan revised

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — An advisory body that reviews projects in the transition area between the suburban north and rural south of Virginia Beach is holding off on making a recommendation about the planned Harvest Farms subdivision near… Continue Reading

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State cites Virginia Beach for ‘serious violations’ in fire department training burn of house near Pungo

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — State occupational safety and health officials cited Virginia Beach this month for serious violations related to a training event in which firefighters burned a home near Pungo in April so they could train outside it… Continue Reading

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Deal concerning flooding at Ashville Park clears way for drainage fixes, continued development in subdivision

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – About 300 homeowners in Ashville Park, a subdivision near Pungo, will be helped by taxpayer-funded fixes to a flawed drainage system that was built by the community’s initial developer and accepted by the city officials… Continue Reading

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Series of meetings on flooding, sea level rise scheduled to begin today

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – A summer symposium series about sea level rise and flooding issues is scheduled to begin today with a discussion that will include the effects of wind-driven flooding common to southern Virginia Beach. The initial symposium,… Continue Reading