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Sandbridge: With no federal dollars coming, Virginia Beach will fund next sand replenishment project alone

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach will go it alone again to replenish the beach at Sandbridge because the federal government won’t pony up. Officials in September confirmed that the replenishment project will go ahead next year, possibly in… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach officials tell Sandbridge civic league members sand replenishment is planned for 2018

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE – City officials this past month briefed civic league members on plans to conduct the next major sand replenishment project here. The target remains 2018 — though whether federal dollars will help is uncertain. Dan Adams, coastal… 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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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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Virginia Beach need to address short-term rentals draws concern from some in divided Sandbridge community

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Virginia Beach is seeking ways to deal with short-term rentals, an effort complicated by an existing, largely unregulated online rental marketplace whose beneficiaries have sought to work directly with state lawmakers.  This past month, Virginia Beach… 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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Virginia Beach poised to help some Sandbridge property owners deal with sand encroachment

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The city council today may help a dozen property owners deal with sand encroachment by declaring a health and safety emergency in the residential community, a step that follows a request by the Sandbridge Beach… 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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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