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“Now, more than a year after he flirted with death, Gulliver is kicking it with the mallard ducks, egrets and white ibis. He hangs out in the moist marsh area on the edge of Owl Creek.”

October 27, 2014
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A helicopter with a platform swoops up to some power lines beside the Lesner Bridge in Virginia Beach on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, to save a tangled seagull. (Cindy Clayton | The Virginian-Pilot)

Read & see what Gulliver’s been up to at

It seems the death-defying gull is pleasantly spoiled with neon-colored flying discs and dog toys filled with food: silversides fish and previously frozen mice.

Gulliver also likes to play tricks on the staff: He hides other birds’ food dishes in the corners of the aviary.

All in all though, he’s a pretty mellow bird, considering his lineage, Matthews said. Herring gulls can be a little rough around the edges.

“A man drowned after witnesses say he fell off the bridge on West Great Neck Road just off Shore Drive, said Tonya Borman, a public affairs officer for the Virginia Beach Police Department.”

October 26, 2014

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Coverage at including video.
Coverage at including video.
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Monday Morning 6:45pm Launch of Wallops Island Orb-3 Rocket to Space Station

October 23, 2014

Please note the correction in launch time, correct time is 6:45 PM on  Monday

According to a Virginian-Pilot article, click here to read to read more.

The next commercial resupply rocket launch to the International Space Station is scheduled for Monday.  The Antares rocket will launch at 6:45 p.m. from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and is expected to rendezvous with the space station on Nov. 2, a NASA news release says.

Residents along Shore Drive should be able to see the rocket to the North East (NE) about one minute after launch from the horizon up to 20 degrees above.





For more information about the launch go to the Orbital website.

The launch will be broadcast on NASA TV and streamed online.

You can follow the launch on Twitter @orbitalsciences and on Facebook.




Virginia Beach City Council voted in favor of reducing the number of balloon releases from 49 to 0! It will be included in the state legislative package next year.

October 23, 2014

Thanks to the public’s response and to City Council for voting in favor of recommending to the Virginia Legislature to make releasing helium balloons illegal.

Photo grabbed from Lynnhaven River NOW Facebook post about this great news

Photo grabbed from Lynnhaven River NOW Facebook post about this great news

LRNow sez:

We are so inspired by everyone’s response to this! Thank you all for understanding what an unfortunate menace balloons have been, since we know what a delicate and emotional issue this can be. We endorse “bubbles, not balloons!”

From Legislative Package:

Background Information:
The Virginia Code currently allows the release of up to fifty (50) balloons an hour. However, balloons are a substantial threat to waterfowl and the environment and allowing the release of 49 balloons seems excessive. Balloons are a significant part of the litter collected from most waterways.
The General Assembly is requested to amend the Code of Virginia as follows:
§ 29.1-556.1. Release of certain balloons prohibited; civil penalty
A. It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly release or cause to be released into the atmosphere any balloon which is (i) made of a nonbiodegradable or nonphotodegradable material, including any material which requires more than five minutes’ contact with air or water to degrade and (ii) inflated with a substance which is lighter than air. Any person who violates this section shall be liable for a civil penalty not to exceed five dollars per balloon released, which shall be paid into the Lifetime Hunting and Fishing Endowment Fund established pursuant to § 29.1-101.1.
B. The provisions of this section shall not apply to (i) balloons released by or on behalf of any agency of the Commonwealth, or the United States or pursuant to a contract with the Commonwealth, the United States, or any other state, territory or government for scientific or meteorological purposes or (ii) hot air balloons that are recovered after launch.

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Join us for our Meeting Monday October 27th at 730pm at Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad, includes Project Manager for Lesner Bridge Q & A

October 21, 2014

Click here for a printable version of the agenda MONDAY 27 OCTOBER 2014

Shore Drive Community Coalition

SDCC General Meeting
MONDAY 27 OCT 2014

7:30-8:30 pm

Where: Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad Station (Intersection of 3769 Shore Drive and East Stratford Rd.)

Call to order:

Meeting topic: Lesner Bridge Construction Project
Presented by Chris J. Wojtowicz
Project Manager, City of Virginia Beach

Officers’ Reports:President’s Report David Williams
Vice President’s report Rick Mercadante
Secretary’s Report Todd Solomon –SEPT Minutes
Treasurer’s Report Paulette Hruska

Old Business
New Business


Next SDCC- Monday November 24, 2014
Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad Center

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Zoomed screen shot of Construction Cam photo taken at noon on Oct 21 2014

Zoomed screen shot of Construction Cam photo taken at noon on Oct 21 2014

“Every five years, Virginia Beach takes a new look at its long-term plan for growth and development. It’s called the Comprehensive Plan, “It’s Our Future,” and we need your input.”

October 20, 2014

That means you!

One of the reasons you still have time to comment is the work that Shore Drive Community Coalition – your neighbors – does to ensure We The People have a stronger voice.

Updates, info & more at
Virtual Town Hall to share your input now. IMG_1347.JPG

Have a voice in your neighborhood now!

#LESNERBRIDGE update from Project Manager – includes notice of lane closures next week October 17th 2014 Update

October 17, 2014

October 17 2014 UPDATE:

Expect more daytime lane closures today, as well as Monday and Tuesday of next week on eastbound Shore Drive between East Stratford Street and the Lesner Bridge.

Today, October 17th and Monday October 20th, the electrical contractor will complete the boring of the new electrical conduit beneath East Stratford Street from the Sushi Restaurant to J&A Racing. Then on Tuesday October 21st the contractor will repair several potholes that have formed on Shore Drive east of East Stratford Street.

*** This work will require a SINGLE LANE CLOSURE on eastbound Shore Drive between East Stratford Street and the Lesner Bridge between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm for each day of work.

During this work, a police officer will be located at the intersection of Shore Drive and East Stratford Street to assist with vehicles entering and leaving East Stratford Street from Shore Drive.

The last project update mentioned that several recently placed concrete traffic barriers located on westbound Shore Drive between Page Avenue and the Lesner Bridge had to be replaced and would also require a daytime westbound lane closure to do this work. In lieu of replacement, the contractor is considering repair of these three temporary barriers. Because of that, no daytime lane closure on westbound Shore Drive at Page Avenue is planned at this time.

As for the latest progress:

Construction of the new bridge abutment “A” continues on the west side of the Lynnhaven Inlet. Formwork for the new westbound bridge abutment is now being constructed and is expected to be completed by October 24th. Concrete for the new abutment will likely be placed the week of October 27th.

Two of the four 4’ diameter x 95’ deep shafts have already been constructed at bridge Pier #2. Construction of the two remaining shafts at Pier #2 will be completed by the week of October 20th.

The temporary bulkhead at the Lynnhaven Dredge Material Storage Site (LDMSS) continues. The tie-back system on the new bulkhead will begin to be installed the week of October 20th and is anticipated to be complete by Friday, October 24th. The formwork for the concrete cap on the temporary bulkhead will likely be completed by October 31st.

Grading and preparation of the new westbound bridge approach located on the east side of the bridge between Page Avenue and the existing bridge abutment continues. The contractor is currently excavating the foundation for the new retaining wall that will be installed between 3556 On the Bay Condominiums and Shore Drive.

They also are continuing to install wick drains in the westbound bridge approach area between Page Avenue and the bridge. (“Wick Drains” are being used to accelerate the consolidation of a soft, compressible clay layer that exists approximately 50 feet below grade. As we place select fill material to build up the new bridge approaches, we want to accelerate and greatly increase the consolidation and settlement of this soft layer prior to building the new roadway).

We will continue to keep you informed of our progress as we move forward with this important project.

Have a safe driving weekend!


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

Zoomed in screen shot of construction cam photo taken at 2pm OCT17 2014

Zoomed in screen shot of construction cam photo taken at 2pm OCT17 2014