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Ignoring farmers, City Council approves event venue on land zoned for agriculture in rural city

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT — Moments after a stunning reversal by the Planning Commission, the City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 25, voted to approve a conditional use permit so an event business can operate on land zoned for agriculture in… Continue Reading

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VB City Council and School Board elections are nonpartisan, but party committees back candidates

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — On a Saturday this past month, one of two candidates to become the chairperson of the Republican Party of Virginia Beach met with supporters at Mom’s Kitchen, a restaurant in a strip mall on… Continue Reading

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Abbott: Let Virginia Beach citizens say via referendum whether district voting should change

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — The Virginia Beach City Council may consider putting a referendum on the November ballot that could lead to big changes to the way people choose local elected leaders representing specific voting districts. A proposal by… Continue Reading

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In a devastating time for restaurants, dining rooms are empty while some turn to takeout, if they can

Ed. — This story originally appeared in print on Sunday, March 29. The City Council has scheduled a special meeting via distance communication technology at 3 p.m., on Tuesday, April 7, to discuss tax deferrals, suspending the meals tax and other… Continue Reading

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Divided Virginia Beach City Council backs symbolic Second Amendment resolution

Ed. — This initially ran in the Friday, Jan. 17, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — A divided City Council — following in the footsteps of more than 100 other local governments around the commonwealth — this month passed a resolution voicing… Continue Reading

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Elections: Beach District council candidates address rural issues

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY –  Two current members of the Virginia Beach City Council addressed the concerns of rural voters – including farmland preservation, flooding and district representation – during a forum at the Creeds Ruritan Community Complex on… Continue Reading

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2019 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for City Council, Beach District

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the Beach District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council in the special election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Answers to our questions… Continue Reading

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Moss proposal would require members of City Council to resign before running for another seat

Ed. — This story originally ran in the Friday, Oct. 4, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE –  Members of the Virginia Beach City Council would have to resign before running for another council seat under a plan proposed amid… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach City Council candidate wants courts to kick two others in race for Beach District seat off the ballot

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE –  Richard “R.K.” Kowalewitch, a businessperson who has run for local office unsuccesfully in the past, recently said he liked his odds this year in a three-person race to represent the Beach District on the Virginia… Continue Reading

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Notebook: Two candidates drop out, one comes in amid shuffle in Virginia Beach City Council special elections

Ed. — This originally ran in the Aug. 9 print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — Within a day of each other, two people ended their runs in the special election to represent the Beach District seat on the… Continue Reading