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Focus of group addressing the Confederate monument in Virginia Beach is context, not removing statue

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – A group tasked with suggesting an approach toward dealing with the Confederate monument on public property is not pursuing its removal from a courtyard at the municipal center. Rather, it is poised to examine ways… Continue Reading

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Roundtable tackles future of monument in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – In the coming months, a committee formed by the historic preservation commission is considering the future of a Confederate monument near the historic courthouse at the municipal center — and how other elements of local… Continue Reading

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Confederate Monument: Historic preservation commission members to review comments, forward information to Virginia Beach council

Ed. This story original ran in the Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, print edition. It was archived online on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE  OCEANFRONT – Virginia Beach officials moved the September meeting of the city’s historic preservation commission… Continue Reading

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Petition, protest seek removal of Confederate statue at Virginia Beach municipal center; city commission will discuss its future on Wednesday

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE  COURTHOUSE – Amid calls for its removal, officials in Virginia Beach will begin to consider the future of the Confederate monument near the intersection of Princess Anne and North Landing roads at the municipal center. The 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

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2016 Virginia Beach Elections: Candidates for Virginia Beach City Council, at large, answer questions

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates for the single Virginia Beach City Council, at large, seat on the ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 8, to answer questions about issues in the city and, specifically, the city’s southern communities. This appeared in… Continue Reading

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Beaches and waterways commission to tackle ‘event homes’ issue

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE – Ongoing inquiry into whether Virginia Beach should regulate the rise of event homes, big houses built to hold gatherings amid rental-friendly yet residentially-zoned Sandbridge, is now in the hands of a commission that wrote the… Continue Reading

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Referendum: Dyer seeks yes or no question on extending the Tide to Town Center

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — City Councilmember Bob Dyer this month introduced a draft resolution that would ask the circuit court to place a light rail referendum on the November 2016 ballot. Dyer said the draft is only a starting point, but… Continue Reading

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City drafts ‘event home’ rules, seeks consensus about short term rentals among owners, Sandbridge community

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — The city staff has drafted rules that may lead to regulation of so-called event homes, mansions marketed as destinations for large gatherings, such as weddings and retreats, that have become a sore spot among some in… Continue Reading