Sister Cities: People from around the world unite in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT –  Virginia Beach hosted the 61st annual conference of Sister Cities International this past month, bringing people from around the world to the city in support of the organization’s vision to encourage peace through interactions between… Continue Reading


Beach N’ Seafood brings seafood back to Virginia Beach Farmers Market

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE LANDSTOWN — When it comes to seafood, Eric Gamble puts the emphasis on local. Gamble, owner of Beach N’ Seafood Co. at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market, stocks local favorites, including Eastern Shore oysters, Little Neck clams… Continue Reading


Saying goodbye to Marshall Belanga, fisherman and businessperson known for seafood market near Sandbridge

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE SANDBRIDGE — When he was a boy, Marshall Belanga sometimes walked several miles down the beach to join his father, Luther Belanga, who fished at a camp in what is now False Cape State Park. Marshall Belanga,… Continue Reading


In addition to police work, Virginia Beach’s mounted patrol delivers community cheer

BY VENI FIELDS VIRGINIA BEACH — Between the lettuce and tomatoes she was stacking on a row of turkey on white sandwiches, Kaiya Putman noticed movement outside the plate glass window at the Jersey Mike’s Subs in Landstown.  When she glanced… Continue Reading


Local craftsmanship, artistry await holiday shoppers in Pungo, Sandbridge

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Sandbridge Christmas tree ornaments, surfboards designed specifically for local surf conditions, and artwork inspired by local scenes are among the handcrafted, Virginia Beach-made items that shoppers can find at local businesses this holiday season.… Continue Reading


Virginia Beach need to address short-term rentals draws concern from some in divided Sandbridge community

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Virginia Beach is seeking ways to deal with short-term rentals, an effort complicated by an existing, largely unregulated online rental marketplace whose beneficiaries have sought to work directly with state lawmakers.  This past month, Virginia Beach… Continue Reading


Column: Keep light rail on track to benefit the future of all Virginia Beach

BY MARTHA MCCLEES VIRGINIA BEACH — Virginia Beach is far more diverse than most citizens realize – in its history, natural assets and character. As we plan for the city’s future, we will be wise to grow and enhance those elements… Continue Reading


Airbnb request to be included in Virginia Beach legislative requests; Henley objects to committee

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach property owners who rent out their homes through online platforms such as Airbnb must register with the revenue commissioner here and collect lodging taxes or face penalties under a code change approved this… Continue Reading


2016 Nuestra Feria in Virginia Beach showcases heritage, talent, food

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS RED WING — The 2016 Nuestra Feria celebration of Hispanic culture and community on Saturday, June 4, brought people together at Red Wing Park.  Among the many elements of this year’s celebration was, for the first time, Cuban… Continue Reading


Planning commission recommends approval for expanded bed and breakfast in Pungo

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – The planning commission voted on Wednesday, May 11, to recommend approval of a conditional use permit change to allow a third guest room, an expanded open-air pavillion and daily breakfast service for guests at the… Continue Reading