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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

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How should Virginia Beach City Council address inaccurate remarks by members of the public?

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE TOWN CENTER – City officials want to bring more decorum to public meetings by ensuring citizens understand the process for commenting in public hearings held during council meetings and avoiding interactions with people who engage in making… Continue Reading

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Lago Mar man to challenge incumbent Henley in Princess Anne District city council contest in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – A Lago Mar resident who in January gained attention for verbally sparring with Mayor Will Sessoms says he is running for city council in the Princess Anne District. Tim Worst said he will challenge… Continue Reading

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With improved city relations, Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum working to sustain its historic work

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH – The director of the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum said the museum seems to be on better footing with the city following two years of near-cuts to city funding that help sustain the museum in… Continue Reading

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Roundtable tackles future of monument in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – In the coming months, a committee formed by the historic preservation commission is considering the future of a Confederate monument near the historic courthouse at the municipal center — and how other elements of local… Continue Reading

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Us: William D. Sessoms Jr., the mayor of the City of Virginia Beach

What can we do in the coming New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? BY WILLIAM D. SESSOMS JR. I detest extremes. Although there are people who engage in extreme thinking in Virginia Beach, they comprise… Continue Reading