Sandbridge businesses help fund challenger in race to represent Princess Anne District on Virginia Beach City Council

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE – Big real estate names in this rental-driven residential resort are backing up opposition to City Councilmember Barbara Henley with campaign contributions to one of the incumbent’s challengers, campaign finance records show. Recent donations to the… Continue Reading


Sandbridge aside, Virginia Beach taking more time to weigh potential for regulating short term rentals

Ed. — This story appeared in print on March 16, 2018. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — The Virginia Beach City Council will take more time to determine how it could regulate short-term rentals, an issue felt in the rise of massive… Continue Reading


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


Virginia Beach need to address short-term rentals draws concern from some in divided Sandbridge community

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Virginia Beach is seeking ways to deal with short-term rentals, an effort complicated by an existing, largely unregulated online rental marketplace whose beneficiaries have sought to work directly with state lawmakers.  This past month, Virginia Beach… Continue Reading


Hearings for draft event homes regulations in Virginia Beach to be held in July

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The commission asked to recommend rules to govern so-called event houses will hold a series of public meetings in July to seek comment on a draft version of a resolution the group may send to… Continue Reading


Commission studying event homes, Airbnb tours Sandbridge, hears public comment

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE – The beaches and waterways commission, which is reviewing the controversy about so-called event homes, toured Sandbridge on Thursday, May 19, before hearing from residents during a meeting at Sandbridge Community Chapel United Methodist Church. A second… Continue Reading


Commission reviewing event homes, Airbnb to tour Sandbridge on Thursday, host Q&A with public

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — The Beaches and Waterways Advisory Commission will meet on Thursday, May 19, at 3 p.m. in Sandbridge to tour the community before holding a question and answer session at 3:45 p.m. The city council recently asked the… Continue Reading


Beaches and waterways commission to tackle ‘event homes’ issue

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE – Ongoing inquiry into whether Virginia Beach should regulate the rise of event homes, big houses built to hold gatherings amid rental-friendly yet residentially-zoned Sandbridge, is now in the hands of a commission that wrote the… Continue Reading


Event home approach discussions continue in Sandbridge

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Discussions about event homes are still underway, and city staffers working with residents of Sandbridge and those who represent owners of the homes have provided alternatives to a previous draft approach. Officials said that nothing… Continue Reading


City drafts ‘event home’ rules, seeks consensus about short term rentals among owners, Sandbridge community

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — The city staff has drafted rules that may lead to regulation of so-called event homes, mansions marketed as destinations for large gatherings, such as weddings and retreats, that have become a sore spot among some in… Continue Reading