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New members join Virginia Beach City Council in the New Year; Wood picked to return in his role as vice mayor

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – New and returning members of the Virginia Beach Council took oaths to serve the city on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at City Hall. “You are welcome additions to our team,” Mayor Bobby Dyer said at the… Continue Reading

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Elections: Dyer, Centerville District councilmember, bests Davenport to become next Virginia Beach mayor

Ed. — This story ran in the Nov. 9 print edition, prior to recounts in some council races that changed vote totals but not outcomes. This story was archived online on Dec. 29. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Bobby Dyer,… Continue Reading

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2018 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for City Council, At Large

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the two at large seats on the Virginia Beach City Council up for election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. An incumbent is noted.… Continue Reading

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State cites Virginia Beach for ‘serious violations’ in fire department training burn of house near Pungo

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — State occupational safety and health officials cited Virginia Beach this month for serious violations related to a training event in which firefighters burned a home near Pungo in April so they could train outside it… Continue Reading

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While residents wait for answers, Virginia Beach City Council to consider cost-sharing options in search for Ashville Park flooding fix

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The City Council on Tuesday, June 19, voted to delay two related decisions that could determine how the flood-prone Ashville Park neighborhood near Pungo continues to develop. One item would fix flooding issues in the… Continue Reading

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Procedures were not followed in ‘live burn’ training, but city says there was not exposure to asbestos

Ed. — This is a developing story, and it will be updated online and in the upcoming print edition of The Independent News. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — The Virginia Beach Fire Department in April sent firefighters to a house that… Continue Reading

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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

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Sessoms announces resignation as mayor of Virginia Beach to return to private sector; special election could join crowded November ballot

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms announced on Wednesday, April 18, that he will leave office at the end of the month. At City Hall, Sessoms said the decision to resign came after reflection with his… Continue Reading

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ARP: Ending farmland preservation program inconsistent with Virginia Beach’s Comprehensive Plan

The author, the former Comprehensive Planning Coordinator in Virginia Beach, argues that preserving the Virginia Beach Agricultural Reserve Program within the proposed operating budget and capital improvement plan is consistent with the city’s Comprehensive Plan. BY JERYL ROSE PHILLIPS VIRGINIA… Continue Reading

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Dyer calls for ‘moratorium,’ panel to look at public-private partnerships following concerns in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE  COURTHOUSE – City Councilmember Bobby Dyer on Tuesday, Aug. 22, announced he has drafted a resolution calling for a moratorium on public-private partnerships following the council’s approval earlier this month of a development project near Town Center… Continue Reading