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Developer’s lawsuit against Virginia Beach followed rezoning denial related to flooding concerns

Ed. — This story originally appeared in the Aug. 17 print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – A developer that wants to build a small subdivision along a portion of Princess Anne Road that can flood is suing Virginia Beach after… Continue Reading

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Elections: Dyer pledges level playing field, Davenport touts technology at Virginia Beach mayoral forum

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE THALIA — Amid a crowded local election season, a forum hosted by the Thalia Civic League gave the two candidates for Virginia Beach mayor a chance to square off at New Life Church earlier this month. The… 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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Nonprofit continues to build toward opening its wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Wildlife Response Inc., a nonprofit organization that for years has been developing an animal rehabilitation complex, is still chipping away improving land it leases from the city along Indian River Road. Bill Haynie, the group’s… Continue Reading

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UPDATED: Kellam High School to be activated as shelter location; shelter for pets at Landstown Elementary

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Updated as of 2:45 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12: The city is limiting initial shelter operations to Kellam High School as Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall further south than anticipated, though officials stressed that they continue… Continue Reading

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Ice skating rink could draw people to Virginia Beach Farmers Market, giving year-round businesses a winter boost

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The Virginia Beach Farmers Market could be the site of an ice skating rink this winter, creating a family-friendly attraction near the intersection of Princess Anne and Dam Neck roads and boosting traffic for year-round… Continue Reading

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Advisory body may consider beer and wine sales, assembly uses for agricultural land in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The Agriculture Advisory Commission will consider whether activities such as craft beer or wine sales or assembly uses, such as holding weddings, are appropriate on farmland, including properties enrolled in the city’s agricultural reserve program,… 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

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

Ed. note — The Independent News asked announced candidates for the Virginia Beach City Council Princess Anne District seat to answer an initial set of questions about issues. This appeared in print on Friday, May 25, during the edition distributed at this… Continue Reading