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Trimmer named Virginia Beach Excellence in Agriculture Award winner for department leadership

BY VENI FIELDS VIRGINIA BEACH — In December, David Trimmer, the director of Virginia Beach Department of Agriculture, held a breakfast meeting at Eddy’s Café in Red Mill with members of the committee that selects each year’s Excellence in Agriculture award.… 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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Manager: In addition to city service, military leadership background

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — The city council’s choice to follow the long-serving Jim Spore, gives the elected body a city manager who has overseen a number of major projects and understands the direction sought by the city’s elected leaders, officials said. … Continue Reading

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Spore’s long career as Virginia Beach manager ending, but a regional role remains ahead

BY JOSH WHITENER COURTHOUSE — City Manager Jim Spore, who will retire on Jan. 1, attributes many of his accomplishments to the others that helped make them happen.  “I’m a believer that if you create a vision and a plan to achieve… Continue Reading

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Council urges quicker delivery, more public input for comprehensive plan

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Amid delay in the process developing a new comprehensive plan to guide land use and development, members of the City Council say they want a quicker turnaround.  The Planning Commission, supported by the city staff, recommends… Continue Reading