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


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


An ‘agrihood’ may come to Pungo, but some Virginia Beach officials are unsure whether it fits transition area

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Developers including Bill DeSteph, a state senator and former member of the city council, have plans for land on either side of Princess Anne Road near the Pungo stoplight that could bring more than 100… Continue Reading


Wind-driven floods make themselves felt in southern Virginia Beach area

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH – Wind tides caused by strong southerly winds have led to road closures and high water signs on portions of Sandbridge and Indian River roads and flooded other local streets this spring, meaning inconvenience… Continue Reading


Delivery truck driver charged with involuntary manslaughter, DUI following deadly crash in Pungo

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Police accused a delivery truck driver of involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence following a crash on Indian River Road on Friday, May 19, that left a woman dead and another woman critically injured.… Continue Reading


They wanted to drive down Indian River Road in Virginia Beach but then this happened

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – Road work that began on Indian River Road this past week is scheduled to be completed by Thursday, Sept. 1, and the work generally will be done overnight, according to city public works. The work… Continue Reading


Planning commission recommends approval for expanded bed and breakfast in Pungo

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – The planning commission voted on Wednesday, May 11, to recommend approval of a conditional use permit change to allow a third guest room, an expanded open-air pavillion and daily breakfast service for guests at the… Continue Reading


Pungo: Temporary closure coming to Muddy Creek Road on Nov. 30

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Muddy Creek Road is scheduled to be closed between Indian River and Charity Neck roads during the day starting on Monday, Nov. 30, due to a drainage culvert replacement project to improve storm drainage flow… Continue Reading