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Ignoring farmers, City Council approves event venue on land zoned for agriculture in rural city

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT — Moments after a stunning reversal by the Planning Commission, the City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 25, voted to approve a conditional use permit so an event business can operate on land zoned for agriculture in… Continue Reading

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Northam says Virginia Beach can open beaches for recreational use by Memorial Day weekend; Dyer vows ‘safe’ reopening

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia Beach, the resort city that has seen its tourism industry battered by shutdowns meant to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, can reopen public beaches for recreational use… Continue Reading

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In a devastating time for restaurants, dining rooms are empty while some turn to takeout, if they can

Ed. — This story originally appeared in print on Sunday, March 29. The City Council has scheduled a special meeting via distance communication technology at 3 p.m., on Tuesday, April 7, to discuss tax deferrals, suspending the meals tax and other… Continue Reading

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In Virginia Beach, Chicho’s seeks volunteers to deliver Christmas trees to Outer Banks beaches

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT — On New Year’s Eve, some Christmas decorations came down at Chicho’s Pizza at the Oceanfront to make ready for 2020, and giant bags of colorful balloons were on hand. Just outside, a chunk of the lot near… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach: A step forward in redevelopment of Dome site

BY JULIE TAYLOR COURTHOUSE –  Atlantic Park, the $325 million mixed-use development project planned for the former Dome site, is one step closer to becoming reality.     The Virginia Beach City Council unanimously approved the development agreement for the… Continue Reading

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2019 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for the 82nd Virginia House District

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for 82nd District of the Virginia House of Delegates in the election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Answers to our questions in this series generally… Continue Reading

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2019 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for City Council, Beach District

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the Beach District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council in the special election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Answers to our questions… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach City Council candidate wants courts to kick two others in race for Beach District seat off the ballot

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE –  Richard “R.K.” Kowalewitch, a businessperson who has run for local office unsuccesfully in the past, recently said he liked his odds this year in a three-person race to represent the Beach District on the Virginia… Continue Reading

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VB Strong: Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum offers pins in support of Virginia Beach mass shooting victims

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT – The Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum at historic de Witt Cottage on Atlantic Avenue is giving pins to its visitors as a reminder that the victims of the May 31 mass shooting still need support. The… Continue Reading

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Offering hugs, high fives for the recovery of Virginia Beach community

Ed. — This archived story originally ran in the July 5 print edition. BY SHELLY SLOCUM OCEANFRONT — Dave Sylvester, known as “Big Dave,” traveled from Pennsylvania to console Virginia Beach following the May 31 mass shooting at the city municipal center.… Continue Reading