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“To have people out there actually going out of their way to be cruel to these birds is sickening,” Gipson said.

PETA is now offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person or people responsible for the blow dart incidents through their phone number 757-622-7382.

If you see a bird with a dart, take action and call the Virginia Beach SPCA Wildlife Referral Line at 757-263-4762.

Miami and Virginia Beach are “are the top two areas of the country most at risk for residential…”

August 1, 2014

Miami and Virginia Beach are “are the top two areas of the country most at risk for residential…”.

Numbers like $39 billion do not seem to connect with most people in Virginia Beach, myself included. But, I can envision what a CAT2-3 hurricane could do to our community and my house. The thought of such losses can be daunting, but consider what you can do to limit the potential loss. And, that is what we are attempting to do at SDCC. We can’t give you a complete cure all package, but we can at least work to inform you how to limit the damages. We won’t pack your “go kit” for you, but we will tell you what you will need in it.

“Life Along the Bay”, Virginian-Pilot Series of Articles to focus on Bay and Shore Drive Communities

July 31, 2014

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Check out the first of a seven article series entitled “Life along the bay” by the Virginian-Pilot

The articles will be weekly narratives highlighting the beauty, the vibrancy and the struggles of the city’s Chesapeake Bay and Shore Drive communities.

 

The first article  “Along river, nature is preserved for wildlife, people” by Kathy Adams can be found here  http://hamptonroads.com/2014/07/along-river-nature-preserved-wildlife-people

Friends of First Landing State Park receive grant from Dominion Power

July 31, 2014
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Friends of First Landing State Park received a $10,000 Grant.

View Press Release at Dominion Power website.

Read list of Grant Recipients.

Check article at Pilotonline.com:

Friends of First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach will create an exploration lab to teach visitors about the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

About Friends of First Landing State Park:

FRIENDS OF FIRST LANDING STATE PARK is a non-profit 501c3 group that advocates in the community on behalf of First Landing State Park. Members participate in a variety of ways—advocacy, fundraising, and volunteering. Our mission is to support the park and outdoor stewardship in the community.

First Landing State Park

Oyster Reef Keepers of Virginia based in Ocean Park received a grant for Oyster Reef Restoration for $20,000.

#LESNERBRIDGE update from Public Works Project Manager

July 29, 2014
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Over the next four weeks roadway work and preparations for the traffic lane shifts on Shore Drive will continue. Once this …

Read entire update from an email:

Below is the latest project update from Chris Wojtowicz, project manager for the Lesner Bridge project. We will be posting a Lesner Bridge Project page on our web site within the next few days so you can get updated information and pass questions and concerns along to us. Please feel free to use this e-mail address to do the same.

Please let me know if you have any questions or need additional information.

Many thanks.

Drew Lankford
Media and Communications
Department of Public Works
City of Virginia Beach
dlankfor@vbgov.com
(O) 757.385.8062
(C) 757.409.4353

With July nearly behind us, the project team is wanted to provide an update on the Lesner Bridge construction.

First of all, as many of you are aware, the residents of 3556 on the Bay condominiums have graciously allowed us to install a time-lapse camera on top of their building to photo-document the Lesner Bridge construction. This camera snaps a photo every 30 minutes and saves the images for use in a time-lapse movie. The link to this camera can be found at: http://rshcs.workzonecam.com/rshcs

Now for some important construction related information.

Due to the daytime lane closure restrictions on Shore Drive for the summer season, any work performed on Shore Drive requiring lane closures between now and October 1st will have to be performed at night. Beginning tonight at 9:00 PM and ending this Thursday work on Shore Drive between East Stratford Street and the western bridge abutment will require temporary lane closures.

This nighttime roadway work will include:

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 22:00-05:00 – Sawcutting edge of pavement on EB Shore Drive, outside lane

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 22:00-05:00 – Grading of shoulder area on EB Shore Drive

Thursday, July 31, 2014 22:00-05:00 – Paving median between EB and WB lanes on Shore Drive

The daytime work now taking place includes:

1) Installing oil/water separator structure, SW corner of Shore Drive and Vista Circle

2) Preparing area for drilled shaft construction at bridge Pier #1, NW side of Lesner Bridge

3) Preparing shoulder areas on EB Shore Drive between East Stratford Street and Vista Circle for pavement widening and temporary pedestrian access.

Over the next four weeks roadway work and preparations for the traffic lane shifts on Shore Drive will continue. Once this temporary roadway work is completed, eastbound Shore Drive traffic will be shifted south at both bridge approaches to make room for the shifted westbound lanes. Both lanes of the WB Shore Drive traffic between Page Avenue and the eastern bridge abutment and also between East Stratford Street and the western bridge abutment, will be shifted through the existing median onto what are now the EB lanes. This temporary Stage 2 traffic pattern will provide the room necessary for building the new WB bridge.

The Stage 2 traffic pattern for WB Shore Drive traffic will be as follows:

Between the existing Lesner Bridge and Page Avenue: Once WB Shore Drive traffic travels through the signalized intersection of Page Avenue and Shore Drive, traffic will be shifted south through the existing median onto what are now the EB lanes (both EB lanes will be shifted south towards the Lesner Inn and Bubba’s onto temporary pavement). These WB lanes will then be shifted back through the median and onto the existing WB Lesner Bridge approximately 250 feet before the bridge. WB traffic will then continue across the WB bridge.

Between the existing Lesner Bridge and East Stratford Street: After crossing the bridge, the WB traffic will be shifted again through the existing median onto what are now the EB Shore Drive travel lanes between East Stratford Street and the bridge. After approximately 300 feet, the WB traffic will be brought back through the median and back onto existing WB Shore Drive to the traffic signal at the Shore Drive/East Stratford Street intersection. WB Shore Drive traffic will then continue through this intersection just as it does today.

Please note that although the traffic lanes on Shore Drive are being shifted, the current lane designations will be maintained. The LEFT TURN lanes on Shore Drive at East Stratford Street and Page Avenue will be re-marked and maintained throughout the Stage 2 traffic pattern.

This is a lot of information, so if you have any questions or concerns about the ongoing or upcoming work, please contact me at the number or email address below and I will do my best to answer whatever project question you may have.

Drive Safely!

-Chris

Christopher J. Wojtowicz, P.E.
Project Manager
City of Virginia Beach
Department of Public Works
Municipal Center-Bldg 2
2405 Court House Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23456-9031
Phone: (757) 385-5785
Fax: (757) 385-5668
email: cwojtowi@vbgov.com

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“The Pleasure House Point Natural Area represents a unique opportunity to showcase the beauty and function of a coastal eco-system in the midst of the highly developed waterfront community in the Bayfront area of Virginia Beach. The property has been manipulated time and time again over the past 50 years. Even with all of this intrusion, the environment has survived and flourished as a prime example of the resilience of a natural eco-system.”

July 24, 2014
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View 88 page PDF online at VBGov.com.

About the Management Plan

This management plan was developed to comply with the conditions of the recorded conservation easement. The recommendations that are contained within the management plan are the result of a year long study of the property. This plan has a horizon of five years. It will be important to measure the progress made annually on the stated goals in the plan and to update the plan every five years.
The Pleasure House Point Natural Area represents a unique opportunity to showcase the beauty and function of a coastal eco-system in the midst of the highly developed waterfront community in the Bayfront area of Virginia Beach. The property has been manipulated time and time again over the past 50 years. Even with all of this intrusion, the environment has survived and flourished as a prime example of the resilience of a natural eco-system. There are many lessons to be learned from this property, as well as many actions we can take to restore and enhance the property. This document was developed with this charge in mind and outlines specific steps and priority projects to ensure that the property is properly managed and maintained for the benefit of both man and nature.

About Management Objectives

The conservation easement is held by the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (VDGIF). This management plan is being developed to comply with the conditions of the recorded conservation easement and the management plan has been coordinated with VDGIF. The management plan will govern operations and maintenance as well as future improvements and restoration projects on the 84.658 acre parcel known as the Conservation Easement Parcel. The site must be managed consistent with conservation goals used to rank and fund the project as listed below.
• Maintain habitat values
• Maintain Coastal Maritime Forests
• Maintain water quality
• Maintain/educational and recreational values not detrimental to other aspects

About Public Engagement

There will be many different opportunities to provide environmental education in partnership with Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Lynnhaven River Now. In addition, the City will be providing outdoor programming in the park. We will continue to keep the neighbors engaged by coordinating regularly with the Bayfront Advisory Committee, the Shore Drive Community Coalition and the Ocean Park Civic League. The Bayfront Advisory Committee is appointed by City Council and provides a forum for residents and businesses in the area to discuss land use, transportation and social issues. The Shore Drive Community Coalition is a volunteer organization that coordinates among various civic groups. The Ocean Park Civic League represents the neighborhood directly adjacent to the site and the members have officially adopted the Pleasure House Point Natural Area and are responsible for conducting at least one trash clean up quarterly on the property. They are also diligent in reporting violations of the pet waste and leash laws.

I encourage you to read and digest the entire document.

It’s fascinating.

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View 88 page PDF online at VBGov.com.

Download the 88 page PDF 29.3 MB document.

SDCC General Meeting – Monday July 28th at 7:30pm

July 23, 2014

Click here for a printable version of the agenda SDCC Agenda 7.28.14

MONDAY 28 JULY 2014

Shore Drive Community Coalition 

SDCC General Meeting

MONDAY 28 JULY 2014

7:30-8:30 pm

 Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad Station          

(Intersection of Shore Drive and East Stratford Rd.)

 

Call to order: 

Meeting topic:   National Flood Insurance Program Rates

                               Home Owner Options

                               Costs and Requirements to Raise a Home

                   

Officers’ Reports:        President’s Report      David Williams

                                           Vice President’s report  Rick Mercadante

                                           Secretary’s Report  Todd Solomon –JUNE Minutes

                                           Treasurer’s Report  Paulette Hruska

 Old Business   

New Business  

 

Adjourn

 

Next SDCC- Monday AUGUST 25, 2014

               Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad Center

 

Please check www.sdcc.info for more information on area news and events

#LESNERBRIDGE construction cam

July 19, 2014
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Updates every 30 minutes.

#LESNERBRIDGE construction cam shot on July 19th about 10am

#LESNERBRIDGE construction cam shot on July 19th about 10am

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