Approved by City Council, mini golf course near Sandbridge Road may be up and putting in spring at Anderson’s

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE COURTHOUSE — A mini golf course with a local theme may open in the spring if the weather cooperates and construction proceeds on schedule, according to Jason Blanchette, owner of Anderson’s of Virginia Beach. The City… Continue Reading


Photos: As the beach reawakens, gulls are on the move in Sandbridge

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS SANDBRIDGE — Seagulls, grackles and a few other birds joined people at Sandbridge beach on a recent warm Sunday that made for a relatively populated beach. There were gulls of different types and ages, some begging for food… Continue Reading


An ‘agrihood’ may come to Pungo, but some Virginia Beach officials are unsure whether it fits transition area

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Developers including Bill DeSteph, a state senator and former member of the city council, have plans for land on either side of Princess Anne Road near the Pungo stoplight that could bring more than 100… Continue Reading


Wind-driven floods make themselves felt in southern Virginia Beach area

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH – Wind tides caused by strong southerly winds have led to road closures and high water signs on portions of Sandbridge and Indian River roads and flooded other local streets this spring, meaning inconvenience… Continue Reading


Saying goodbye to Marshall Belanga, fisherman and businessperson known for seafood market near Sandbridge

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE SANDBRIDGE — When he was a boy, Marshall Belanga sometimes walked several miles down the beach to join his father, Luther Belanga, who fished at a camp in what is now False Cape State Park. Marshall Belanga,… Continue Reading


Trees felled by city in fight against southern pine beetle will stay put

BY JANET YARBROUGH MEYER SANDBRIDGE — Sandbridge Road, the winding thoroughfare that leads to the cul-de-sac community, has drawn its share of attention from the media and private citizens alike.  Anyone who lives at the road’s end cannot dispute the beauty… Continue Reading


BayBreeze Farms staying put on the right road with expanded stand

BY JANET YARBROUGH MEYER SANDBRIDGE — Cindy Barnes doesn’t hesitate to describe the key to success for BayBreeze Farms. “Location, location, location,” she said, laughing. Steve and Cindy Barnes should know. Over the past 12 years, they moved twice to find… Continue Reading