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For second consecutive year, Pungo Strawberry Festival is canceled due to Covid

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The 2021 Pungo Strawberry Festival is canceled due to concerns about the novel coronavirus pandemic, marking the second straight year without the festival in the gateway to the Virginia Beach’s rural communities. Since 1984, the festival… Continue Reading

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After controversy, Virginia Beach will refocus on assembly uses for land zoned for farming

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Following the recent approval for a nonfarming commercial venue that will operate on farmland in the rural city, city officials are renewing efforts to create clear guidelines for assembly uses such as weddings on land… Continue Reading

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Column: City decisions about land use have real consequences for farms and rural communities

BY KAREN BEARDSLEE KWASNY VIRGINIA BEACH — Weather wreaks havoc on farmland?   So, too, do city decisions.   It’s a bit overwhelming — the myriad articles about the way our ever-changing climate affects our farmland.   A quick look at… 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