We’ve added a new area to our HOT page entitled Flood Mitigation

Inspired by a great presentation at tonight’s meeting by Mike Vernon of Flood Mitigation Hampton Roads.

Be sure to check out the new section over at SDCC.info/HOT.

The new info is shown below:

Flood Mitigation

You’ll be seeing a lot more information in this space in the coming weeks. (Posted April 27th ’15)

Here’s a good place to start in the meantime.

Search Results for: National Flood Insurance Program at SDCC.info

FEMA.gov: National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System

FEMA Region III: Virginia Beach Flood Information Portal Map

Screen grab of Virginia Beach Flood Information Portal map

Screen grab of Virginia Beach Flood Information Portal map

Sometimes all you have to do is ask for extra love. So we did. At the #LESNERBRIDGE.

Hooray for the new extra love for the City of Virginia Beach Official Tree at the beloved Lynnhaven Boat Ramp & Beach Facility!

We couldn’t understand why they weren’t already carefully marked off to protect them from the 3 year construction project – so we asked.

Orange fencing to add some extra visual cues for the hard working crews

Orange fencing to add some extra visual cues for the hard working crews

Orange fencing to add some extra visual cues for the hard working crews

Orange fencing to add some extra visual cues for the hard working crews

Love live oaks too?

Join Friends of Live Oaks today!

Live oaks are designated as the official tree of the City of Virginia Beach, and with good reason. Native to the area, live oaks were here long before European settlers. The tree is one of the most distinctive and recognizable plants in the city and immediately brings to mind our coastal areas and maritime ecosystem.

Chesapeake Beach Volunteer Fire Department

Photo Credit: The New Tidewater Flashback Group in Facebook

Photo Credit: The New Tidewater Flashback Group in Facebook

It is the view of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel from atop a billboard that used to be behind the Chesapeake Beach Fire Dept. Photo Credit: Wally D.

It is the view of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel from atop a billboard that used to be behind the Chesapeake Beach Fire Dept. Photo Credit: Wally D.

Photo Credit from The New Tidewater Flashback in Facebook.

Thanks to Traycee for allowing us to share these!

Let us know in comments below if you’d like to see more flashback photos of the Shore Drive community.

“Fire Department officials said Friday an underground power line shorted and caused the two-alarm blaze at The Dunes, Sunset Watch and Lesner Pointe East complexes along Page Avenue.”

Coverage at Pilotonline.com:

It could have been much worse, Fire Marshal Tassone said. The close proximity of the buildings helped the fire spread, but the wind was calm until after the fire was under control.

A fire at a condo complex on Shore Drive in Virginia Beach displaced more than 20 people on Thursday night, April 23, 2015. (Stephen M. Katz | The Virginian-Pilot)

A fire at a condo complex on Shore Drive in Virginia Beach displaced more than 20 people on Thursday night, April 23, 2015. (Stephen M. Katz | The Virginian-Pilot)

Coverage including video (that annoyingly starts with sound by default) and photos at 13 News Now.

Fireman trying to fight the flames at the Page Court condo fire on April 23, 2015. (Photo: Bobbi Sawyers?,13News Now viewer

Fireman trying to fight the flames at the Page Court condo fire on April 23, 2015. (Photo: Bobbi Sawyers?,13News Now viewer

Coverage including video at WTKR.com.

Fire at Page Court last night. “Two buildings are believed to be a total loss and three others were damaged.”

2 alarm fire located on Page Court just east of Lesner Bridge.
PageCourtScreenshot

Coverage at Pilotonline.com.

More than 20 people were displaced by a two-alarm condo fire overnight in the 2300 block of Page Court.

A fire at a condo complex on Shore Drive in Virginia Beach displaced more than 20 people on Thursday night, April 23, 2015. (Stephen M. Katz | The Virginian-Pilot)

A fire at a condo complex on Shore Drive in Virginia Beach displaced more than 20 people on Thursday night, April 23, 2015. (Stephen M. Katz | The Virginian-Pilot)

Coverage at WAVY.com includes video.

Six firefighters were injured battling an overnight fire that damaged 18 units in Virginia Beach and forced many residents out of their homes.

Coverage at WTKR.com includes “raw video” & photos.

Virginia Natural Gas and Dominion Virginia Power responded during the fire to secure a ruptured gas line and downed power lines.

Coverage at 13NewsNow.com including video & photos.

Ben L, who lives about 75 yards from the building where the fire started, said it was the scariest thing he ever saw. As he watched the flames move from building to building, he worried his would be next.

From a witness:

I was very proud to see a strong Ocean Park VRS response for this emergency. Two ambulances and three ALS providers, all from Ocean Park, plus a fantastic response from Company 1 and the VBFD. I saw Chief Cover on scene at 1am in his jeans helping out, and Chief McAndrews had it all under control. Three state of the art ladder trucks in the air with their master streams flowing was an awesome spectacle, and Support 8 with their volunteers arrived to assist with rehab and salvage. The Police kept a good perimeter and the neighbors kept a respectful distance and took in the displaced fire victims. There is a reason we have one of the top Emergency Response systems in the country, and this was a perfect illustration of how things can work well between agencies. Our EMS Chiefs on the scene kept us informed and safe, and Ocean Park even offered up shelter and food at the station for anyone that needed it, but there were no takers. I think the neighbors took care of their own! It is horrible when something like this happens, but I’m proud we can all come together and prevent the loss of life and further property.

Screenshot from #LESNERBRIDGE construction camera of photo from April 24 2015 1am.

Screenshot from #LESNERBRIDGE construction camera of photo from April 24 2015 1am.

Monday April 27th @ 7pm – SDCC Meeting Agenda

Click here for a printable version of the agenda – 4.27.15 SDCC Agenda

SDCC General Meeting Agenda

Monday April 27, 2015 from 7:30 to 9:00pm

Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad Hall

(parking in back, on side streets and across Shore Drive)

 Program/Presentation – Flood Mitigation and Flood Insurance Presentation by Mike Vernon of Flood Mitigation Hampton Roads (www.floodmitigationhr.com) and Scott Hunter of Comparity (www.comparityins.com).  Mr. Vernon and Mr. Hunter will explain different home improvements and methods that can help lower flood insurance premiums.

Officer’s Reports Secretary – David Williams; Treasurer’s Report -Kathy Pawlak; Vice President – Wally Damon; President – Todd Solomon

Old Business

Bishard Development Update – Upper school site rezoning was approved by Planning Commission. City Council is scheduled to vote on the proposed development at their Tuesday May 5th meeting. Baylake Pines Civic League opposed the development at the Planning Commission.

City Comprehensive Plan – Planning Commission Workshop meetings being held. Public can attend to listen only. What happens next? Schedule can be found here www.vbgov.com/government/departments/planning/2015ComprehensivePlan/Pages/default.aspx

Lesner Bridge Safety Update – News from walk through between SDCC representatives and Project Manager Chris Wojtowicz. Speed bump removal, cross walk adjustments, traffic light position.

New Business

Shore Drive an Award Winning Community –Cape Story by the Sea won the Council of Civic Organizations Community Action award and CBF’s Brock Center won the State Environmental Excellence Award.

Community Concerns – Does your neighborhood/condo have any issues that have come up that need help or may be a warning to others?

Clean the Bay Day Sat. June 6th – Register to volunteer at www.cbf.org/events/clean-the-bay-day/city-of-virginia-beach

Citywide Civic Engagement Opportunities

  • City Budget Hearings: April 28 at 6 p.m., City Council chamber, 2401 Courthouse Drive
  • Transit Extension Study Public Hearing: May 5th at 6 p.m., City Council chamber, 2401 Courthouse Drive
  • Online Town Hall Surveys on Public Libraries and the Budget – www.vbgov.com/community-connect/Pages/virtual-town-hall.aspx

Next SDCC Meeting – Monday May 18, 2015 – ***NOTE this is a week early due to Memorial Day***.