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Editorial: Virginia Beach should not move City Hall to Town Center

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS “We have an opportunity to make a major consideration,” City Manager Dave Hansen said Tuesday, June 6, while briefing the City Council about an Armada Hoffler proposal to move City Hall to Town Center. The City Council… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach again considers cutting support to historic homes, museums

Ed. note — This story was updated to reflect the difference in funding sources between the aquarium and historic houses within the overall departmental budget and correct an erroneous percentage in a description of funding changes. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Virginia… Continue Reading

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Sandbridge beach may get more sand next year, but will there be federal help when it comes time to pay the bill?

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Since the days before the modern city, Virginia Beach has paid to add more sand to the beach – and it ultimately entered into formal arrangements with the federal government that include cost sharing and cooperation… Continue Reading

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Budget: Virginia Beach proposal would raise taxes for all day kindergarten, restore agricultural reserve money

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen on Tuesday, March 28, unveiled a spending plan that would raise real estate taxes to help establish full-day kindergarten throughout the city while redirecting money from a previous property… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Virginia Beach’s Kenneth Chandler discusses building net worth by building a network

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Dr. Kenneth Chandler, deputy city manager in Virginia Beach, spoke with students from eighth through 12th grades last month during the annual African American Male Summit at Princess Anne High School. The event had been… Continue Reading

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Light rail language, questionable math removed from Virginia Beach website

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – This week citizens noticed language posted to the Virginia Beach city website that seemed to soften the impact of the recent advisory referendum in which voters opposed extending the Tide from Newtown Station to Town… Continue Reading

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New Virginia Beach city office with innovation focus to use data for tranparency, decisions

Ed. note – The following is adapted from a letter City Manager Dave Hansen wrote to Mayor Will Sessoms and members of the city council on Friday, Sept. 23, regarding the creation of a new office within the city government.… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach council poised to consider arena deal changes tonight following public hearing

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – The city is scheduled today to vote upon whether to accept changes to the financing plan to build an Oceanfront arena that will let  developer United States Management pursue unrated bonds rather than bonds rated… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach implements cap on agricultural land valuation

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach will impose a ceiling upon land use tax values for agricultural land of either $1,800 per acre or a commodity-determined value, if it is lower than that sum. The value that determines taxes… Continue Reading

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Lift assists: Virginia Beach seeks fix for nonemergency calls that can tie up fire department resources

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – City Manager Dave Hansen said the fire department is reviewing the issue of lift-assists, nonemergency calls that often lead to Virginia Beach firefighters helping elderly or immobile people move within their own homes. A recent… Continue Reading