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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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Targeted approaches in First Precinct to address different challenges in Ashville Park, Sandbridge

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Police Capt. David Squires, commanding officer of the First Precinct, said police are working in two different neighborhoods in southern Virginia Beach that are facing challenges involving different property crimes.  In Sandbridge, a residential neighborhood that… Continue Reading

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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

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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

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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

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Beach eyes possible rules for ‘event home’ rentals in Sandbridge after some neighbors voice concerns

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE –The city is looking into ways to better control the use of rental mansions that have become popular destinations for events such as weddings, reunions and business functions, but have also led to complaints that they essentially… Continue Reading

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Volunteer aids community, leaves lasting statement in cancer fight

BY JANET YARBROUGH MEYER SANDBRIDGE – If you attend almost any event here and in surrounding communities, you’ll probably see Cindy Graf standing somewhere in the crowd with her camera poised for the shot. That’s just what she does. It is this… Continue Reading

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Spring may be sprung, but make sure doors aren’t

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE – It’s that time of year, and vacationers will head for the beach and rentals to enjoy what Joan Davis, the civic league president, has called “our piece of paradise.” Amid the fun and relaxation, city police are… Continue Reading