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2018 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for Mayor in the Special Election

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to both candidates in the special election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, to fill the unexpired term of former Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms. The answers… Continue Reading

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Elections: Dyer pledges level playing field, Davenport touts technology at Virginia Beach mayoral forum

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE THALIA — Amid a crowded local election season, a forum hosted by the Thalia Civic League gave the two candidates for Virginia Beach mayor a chance to square off at New Life Church earlier this month. The… Continue Reading

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Meeting, resolution follows concern about term used in text messages by Virginia Beach city official

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Controversy over a description used in a text message between Virginia Beach city officials seems to have been resolved following an apology and a meeting with community leaders.  The head of an organization that voiced… Continue Reading

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Excellence in Agriculture: Recognizing farming heritage, a Virginia Beach industry and those who help it survive

BY WILL HARRIS OCEANFRONT — Call it a green carpet event. The paparazzi may not have been swarming around the Virginia Beach Convention Center on Thursday, March 22, but for the city’s agriculture community, the event going on within its walls… Continue Reading

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Sandbridge aside, Virginia Beach taking more time to weigh potential for regulating short term rentals

Ed. — This story appeared in print on March 16, 2018. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — The Virginia Beach City Council will take more time to determine how it could regulate short-term rentals, an issue felt in the rise of massive… Continue Reading

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Sessoms announces resignation as mayor of Virginia Beach to return to private sector; special election could join crowded November ballot

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms announced on Wednesday, April 18, that he will leave office at the end of the month. At City Hall, Sessoms said the decision to resign came after reflection with his… Continue Reading

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After advisory commission, farmers oppose plan to end farmland preservation program, ‘compromise’ goes to Virginia Beach City Council

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — The Virginia Beach Agriculture Advisory Commission on Friday, April 13, voted to recommend that the City Council maintain the agricultural reserve program while supplying some money for a project to address flooding in Ashville Park… Continue Reading

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Letter: Virginia Beach agriculture commissioners oppose proposal to end farmland preservation program

Ed. — Virginia Beach Agriculture Advisory Commission Chairperson Diane Horsley and fellow members of the commission signed the following letter to Mayor Will Sessoms and members of the City Council on Monday, April 9, in opposition to a Friday, March 23,… Continue Reading

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Read the Virginia Beach city manager’s memorandum about ending the city’s farmland preservation program

Ed. — The following includes most of the letter Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen wrote to Mayor Will Sessoms and members of the Virginia Beach City Council on Friday, March 23. It has been edited for style and clarity,… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach city manager proposes ending agricultural reserve program, shifting funds to flooding projects

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen wants to end the agricultural reserve program, which buys development rights so farmers can continue to work their land, and put that money toward flooding. The ARP, as it… Continue Reading