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The Bee and The Biscuit, a popular restaurant in Pungo village, earns recognition as Virginia’s best

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — When Karen and Joe Johnson decided to open a restaurant in Pungo Village, they wanted to adopt a rustic theme to honor the agricultural community.  Now, The Bee and The Biscuit, which opened in 2016,… Continue Reading

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Pungo: Harvest Farms, major project proposed for rural gateway, deferred indefinitely over stormwater plans

Ed. — This story first appeared in print on Friday, April 26. It was archived on Thursday, May 30. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO – A commercial and residential development project that would have changed the face of “downtown” Pungo, the… Continue Reading

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Harvest Farms request for rezoning deferred; developer working with city to submit stormwater revisions

Ed. — This story ran in print on Nov. 23, 2018. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – A proposal to build housing and commercial space in Pungo was deferred indefinitely before the Virginia Beach Planning Commission made a recommendation, and it is… 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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At Bonney & Sons in Pungo, the ‘crab boss’ oversees longtime business providing the freshest local catch

BY VENI FIELDS PUNGO — Every morning around 7 a.m., Floyd E. “Dunie” Bonney, Jr., slips a key into the lock of a red door in a white building at the corner of Princess Anne and Indian River roads and he… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: There are some good ideas and reasons for concern regarding an ‘agrihood’ in Pungo

[Updated on Sept. 22] Ed. — The developers of Harvest Farms are in the process of redesigning the proposal, including its density. The revised project may go to the Virginia Beach Planning Commission in November, though that is not certain. BY… Continue Reading

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Agriculture: Virginia Beach to seek greater coordination on farming equipment, utility wire issues

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH – City Agriculture Director David Trimmer said his department has reached out to local power officials to improve points of contact between the farming community and utilities when it comes to low-hanging wires. The height… Continue Reading