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More work ahead on digital markets for rentals in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — Commissioner of the Revenue Phil Kellam recommended further study of the scope of short-term rentals in Virginia Beach, a hot topic over the past year due to aspects such as “event home” rentals in Sandbridge… Continue Reading

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At Monk’s Place in Virginia Beach, a goodbye at the start of a new saga

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — A couple years ago, Ashley Johnson had dollar bills taped up at Monk’s Place. For years, folks have written messages on money and taped them to the walls and ceiling. Back then, when she worked here,… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach’s transition area intended to be a buffer between suburban and rural development

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — The transition area is a section of the city below the “green line” between urban and suburban development and the southern rural areas of the city, according to the city’s comprehensive plan. It is, in… Continue Reading

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An ‘agrihood’ may come to Pungo, but some Virginia Beach officials are unsure whether it fits transition area

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Developers including Bill DeSteph, a state senator and former member of the city council, have plans for land on either side of Princess Anne Road near the Pungo stoplight that could bring more than 100… Continue Reading

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In rural Virginia Beach, members of a youth team are the second generation to wear the Creeds Tractors name

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — Kellye Gentry, who had been an assistant coach on another youth softball team, meant to coach this spring. She played youth softball and, as an adult, on a team for Charity United Methodist United Church. And… Continue Reading

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After recent last run, the annual Colt races at Christopher Farms will not return

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CHRISTOPHER FARMS – A year after it had returned, said the Colt 5K and One Mile Fun Run at Christopher Farms Elementary School made its final lap in May, but a number of families and young runners sent… Continue Reading

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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

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Column: Singing along to lyrics — at least, as I remember them

BY LISA BURKETT SANDBRIDGE — I sing a lot – at the top of my lungs, especially when walking on the beach in the winter.  Bob, my boyfriend, brings his Bluetooth speaker, and I sing to country rock, Fleetwood Mac and other… Continue Reading

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Wind-driven floods make themselves felt in southern Virginia Beach area

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH – Wind tides caused by strong southerly winds have led to road closures and high water signs on portions of Sandbridge and Indian River roads and flooded other local streets this spring, meaning inconvenience… Continue Reading