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“A 751-foot ship has run aground in the area near the 2800 block of Shore Drive and several other ships have reported that they are dragging anchor in the lower Chesapeake Bay as winds whipped at speeds of 60 to 70 mph.”

April 15, 2014
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Read more at Pilotonline.com.

Update April 16
at Pilotonline.com including more photos.

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Photo Credit: bottom 2, Tidewater Current

“The men arrived in droves. Some were experienced laborers, tradesmen and operating engineers who chased jobs from state to state. Others were locals, some still in their teens and living at home, with lunch sacks packed by their mothers.”

April 14, 2014
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An outstanding story including many photos, interviews and video at Pilotonline.com about the building of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

These photos show the construction of different components of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. Click or tap the "Caption" button for details on each image. Photo Credit: Virginian Pilot

These photos show the construction of different components of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. Click or tap the “Caption” button for details on each image. Photo Credit: Virginian Pilot

Public Comment meeting to be held by Virginia Beach’s Commission on Historic Preservation

April 3, 2014
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The Historic Preservation Commission of the City of Virginia Beach will hold its Annual Meeting at 6:30 this evening at Central Library to hear comments and answer questions from the public following a panel discussion about the status and plans of the “Cape Henry Historic Site.”

Visit their website.

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In advance of a public comment meeting to be held by Virginia Beach’s Commission on Historic Preservation tomorrow evening, I’ve written a relatively brief summary, which could be considered “Virginia Beach History 101,” mainly to acquaint the public and city leaders with various proposals and options regarding the preservation (and promotion) of Virginia Beach’s Cape Henry area. The meeting is, many believe, an important first step toward meeting persistent demands from various local, state, national and international organizations halfway, and for those even remotely interested, it is important.

If you are unable to attend (6:30 PM, Thursday, April 3rd, Central Library of Virginia Beach), then your comment is / comments are more important than ever. Please take the time to make your opinion known to those who will be present, particularly if it provokes thought about the proposals already proffered in the article. (And don’t be afraid to suggest your own.)

There’s a great deal of ancillary reference material; all of it interesting reading; most of it rarely seen. As time is of the essence, you will want to “pick your clicks” wisely. You can always return to the article later.

Much thanks…

Dr. Matt Hogendobler
Virginia Beach

P.S. Please forward to all on your email recipient lists.

Please, please, please contact Tidewater Beekeepers before spraying bees nest!

April 3, 2014
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Thank you!

Visit the TidewaterBeekeepers.net to learn more.

Tidewater Master Naturalist’s Protecting our Honey Bees [2pg PDF]

Honeybee Swarms: Please help us save the bees. (TBA) Tidewater Beekeepers Association respectfully requests our friends and neighbors in the Tidewater area call the TBA Swarm Coordinator at (757) 285-4509 if you identify a Honeybee swarm on your property. Swarming is a natural behavior for honeybees and a cluster of bee’s can appear almost anywhere spring to fall. TBA members offer FREE honeybee swarm collecting as a public service.

SDCC enters public/private partnership agreement to enhance safety on Shore Drive

April 1, 2014
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As you may know, it will challenging to say the least for pedestrians & cyclists to cross the Lesner Bridge during the new bridge construction.

We’re happy to announce that we can share the news about a public/private partnership we created to solve this issue!

We worked with the city & state to legalize it.

We worked with various manufacturers, businesses, sponsors & non-profit groups to ensure we use the best practices in all facets of this project – self-driving cars on Shore Drive!

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We need your help naming this new cutting edge project though

How it will work:

    1. Select your vehicle using the smart phone app – which alerts the vehicle where you are located
    2. Wait a few minutes for your choice of vehicle to show up
    3. Get in vehicle and travel to your destination

It’s that easy!

So far we’ve been able to have several vehicles to choose from, and by the time this project goes live in 2015, we hope to add more.

We’re happy to announce you’ll be able to choose from a Toyota, Nissan, Volkswagen, Volvo & Audi.

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Audi self-driving car 2012-2013

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What should we name this project ?

Please share your ideas.

Thurs April 24th Public Meeting on Cape Henry, Cape Story and Lynnhaven Colony Flood Gate Project

March 31, 2014

The City will host a public open house to discuss the CIP 7-151 – Installation of Flood Gates.  These gates will prevent tidal surges from backing up through the storm drain system and open to allow rain to flow out during normal rain events.  The gates will be installed in the Cape Story/Cape Henry and Lynnhaven Colony neighborhoods.

The meeting will be held from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at John B Day elementary school.

Click here to print the flyer  Cape Henry Ditch Flood Gates Open House

April 24th Flood Gate Notice

 

 

 

“The National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP requirements.”

March 31, 2014
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Check out more info about the CRS at FEMA.gov.

As a result, flood insurance premium rates are discounted to reflect the reduced flood risk resulting from the community actions meeting the three goals of the CRS:

1. Reduce flood damage to insurable property;
2. Strengthen…

unexpected damage at Lynnhaven Boat Ramp from Sandy Oct 2012

unexpected damage at Lynnhaven Boat Ramp from Sandy Oct 2012

Be sure to attend tonight’s meeting which includes Understanding New FEMA Flood Maps for Shore Drive Area.

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