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Virginia Beach couple’s fitness activities lead to connections

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Surfing in a driving rain or cycling 75 miles might not be everyone’s idea of the perfect weekend, but this is a way of life for Steve and Emily Joyner. The couple is also… Continue Reading

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Back Bay refuge in Virginia Beach seeks support for new nonprofit

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE – Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge seeks interested citizens to participate in a new nonprofit friends group that could build stronger community ties and drum up volunteer support for the refuge. The group might also assist… Continue Reading

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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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In Virginia Beach, a Sandbridge dance class has tapping feet and camaraderie — and it always ends with a kick

BY VENI FIELDS SANDBRIDGE — It was a fun little miracle in Sandbridge. It came with a pair of 52-year-old tap shoes. Tina Ciccone had been searching for a while for just the right dance class to have a little fun… 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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For Abby, a look at the full moon over Sandbridge, surrounded by love

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — A couple of weeks ago, Abby Furco’s mom, Patty Furco, asked did she want to go to the beach? Abby, 9, shook her head no. But what if they could get her there comfortably? Yes, Abby… 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 reviewing event homes, Airbnb to tour Sandbridge on Thursday, host Q&A with public

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — The Beaches and Waterways Advisory Commission will meet on Thursday, May 19, at 3 p.m. in Sandbridge to tour the community before holding a question and answer session at 3:45 p.m. The city council recently asked the… 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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Nearly two hundred meet to talk event homes in Sandbridge while city works toward rules

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE — City officials are still investigating approaches to dealing with event homes, mansions that have become an annoyance to some neighbors due to parties and special events that bring a large number of people and associated challenges such… Continue Reading