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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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City staff recommends denial of ‘agrihood’ in Pungo because stormwater info is not in; developer says it needs city data first

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The city staff has recommended denial of a rezoning request that would clear the way for a subdivision on either side of Princess Anne Road in the heart of Pungo because developers have not submitted… 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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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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Virginia Beach City Council clears way for ice skating rink at farmers market

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — Ice skating may become a regular winter activity at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market after the City Council voted last month to use more than $167,000 for electrical upgrades. The funding, left over from the… Continue Reading

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Burton dropping out, supporting Worst in Princess Anne District race for Virginia Beach City Council

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – The Rev. Pieri Burton, a pastor from Strawbridge and a candidate for City Council in the Princess Anne District, is dropping out of the race. Burton today told The Independent News he is ending… 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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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