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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.

Weekly #LESNERBRIDGE update from Public Works Manager

August 21, 2014

*** As a reminder, the sidewalk on westbound Shore Drive is closed to pedestrians and cyclists between Page Avenue and East Stratford Street. If pedestrians need to cross the bridge, they will need to cross the eastbound bridge where we have provided a temporary 4-foot wide pedestrian/cyclist access.

Read entire update from an email:


Below is the latest update for the Lesner Bridge Project from Chris Wojtowicz, project manager. Please let either Chris or me know if you have any questions or need additional information.

Also as an FYI – Public Works has created a project website at We have posted information, background information, and – sometime within the next few days – a Twitter feed. A Construction Camera has also been installed to view images of the bridge construction, with images updated every 30 minutes.

Please visit this website for the current project updates and other useful project information.

Enjoy these last days of summer, and thanks for your interest.

Drew Lankford
Media and Communications
Department of Public Works
City of Virginia Beach
(O) 757.385.8062
(C) 757.409.4353


As many of you have seen, traffic patterns on Shore Drive are beginning to change as you approach the Lesner Bridge. Work over the next two weeks will consist of preparing both the eastbound and westbound bridge approaches for the lane shifts as we move into Stage 2 construction of the bridge.

The eastbound lanes on Shore Drive as you approach the bridge have already been shifted to the south. Work was done on Wednesday to place asphalt, temporary pavement markings, and delineators on Shore Drive between the bridge and East Stratford Street in preparation of the lane shift of the westbound Shore Drive traffic towards the sushi restaurant and away from 3556 On the Bay Condominiums. This traffic move will provide the required space we need to install the utilities, temporary retaining walls, grading, and infrastructure required for the new westbound bridge abutment.

A similar lane shift will also occur on the east side of the bridge towards the Lesner Inn. It will be several weeks, however, before we begin this lane shift. Once the contractor sets a date for this work, we will post another project update to inform you of the necessary details.

*** As a reminder, the sidewalk on westbound Shore Drive is closed to pedestrians and cyclists between Page Avenue and East Stratford Street. If pedestrians need to cross the bridge, they will need to cross the eastbound bridge where we have provided a temporary 4-foot wide pedestrian/cyclist access.

As Drew has mentioned, please visit our website for information and updates.

Thanks for your interest, and as always – Please Drive Safely!


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

Screen grab at time of this post

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SDCC General Meeting – Monday Aug. 25th at 7:30pm

August 20, 2014

Click here for a printable version of the agenda

MONDAY 25 AUG 2014

Shore Drive Community Coalition General Meeting

MONDAY 25 AUG 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

  1. Discussion of Current City Issues


Officers’ Reports:  President’s Report                David Williams

                                     Vice President’s report        Rick Mercadante

                                     Secretary’s Report                 Todd Solomon –JULY Minutes

                                    Treasurer’s Report                 Paulette Hruska


Old Business   

New Business    


 Next SDCC- Monday SEP 29, 2014

 Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad Center

 Please check for more information on area news and events

Bayfront Advisory Committee (BAC) Meeting (Thursday Aug. 21st) and Newsletter

August 20, 2014

Bayfront Advisory Committee to Meet August 21, 2014

The Bayfront Advisory Committee will meet Thursday, August 21, 2014,

at the Resort and Conference Center, 2800 Shore Drive, from 3:30pm-5:30pm

Click here for the meeting agenda and to read the latest BAC Newsletter


Bay provides means of livelihood for fishermen

August 20, 2014

This is the third of seven weekly narratives by Virginian-Pilot reporter Kathy Adams highlighting the beauty, the vibrancy and the struggles of the city’s Chesapeake Bay and Shore Drive communities.

Click here to read the article –

Shore Drive Fishing

Friends of Live Oaks (FOLO) Monday, Aug. 25th at 3:30 pm at Bayside Recreation Center

August 15, 2014

Minutes from last FOLO meeting:

Minutes – Friends of Live Oaks Meeting – Monday, July 21st, 2014 3:30

Penny has purchased the domain name and has a contract for hosting our website. She will order business cards.

Penny has learned that the Beautification Committee of the North End Civic League plans to plant 4 live oaks along with other perennials in the median of Atlantic Ave. from 42nd to 89th Streets for a total of 118 trees.

Karen announced that 2 live oaks are being removed from a home on Lynnhaven Drive, and the owner would like us to find new homes for them. The owners will help transplant them.

We have registered to participate in the Lynnhaven River NOW Fall Festival on Oct. 11th at Rosemont Elementary School in Green Run.

Clay will talk with personnel from Little Creek to consider planting live oaks along Shore Drive.
Clay also discussed a grove of live oaks on Princess Anne Road adjacent to the Sportsplex. He suggested the possibility of partnering with Parks and Rec to preserve the grove, perhaps as a memorial garden. Also, Parks and Rec is developing a program to enhance Bayfront dunes and the area immediately behind them, promoting a maritime forest environment. This may be an opportunity to plant live oaks.

2014 Live Oak Distribution –
This year’s distribution will be on Sat. Oct. 18th from 10am – 1 pm at Laskin Road Annex (the former Linkhorn Elementary School). Stephen suggested we give away 250 trees. People who request trees online will have preference; the remaining trees will be available on a first come/first service basis.

The tree request form will include “4th Annual Live Oak Distribution”. It will also say something like: “We are reserving a tree for you and submission of this form confirms that you will pick up your tree on Oct. 18th.” It will only be available online this year, but there will be instructions for those who want to print the form and return it by snail mail.

Clay will work with the city to generate a press release, which will go to many outlets, including the Council of Civic Organizations.

The next meeting will be on Monday, Aug. 25th at 3:30 pm at Bayside Recreation Center.

Rescued Live Oak wood being milled for CBF’s Brock Center.


August 13, 2014

We are trying to find out why and for how long.

We were told:

Nope. Just on the westbound bridge. You will have to use the eastbound bridge. They need to remove sections of sidewalk on the westbound bridge in order to build the new bridge abutment.

Pedestrians, Crosswalks and Frogger

August 13, 2014

I think many would agree that motor vehicle regulations have been put in place to address safety issues and to keep us safe. To be effective, these laws must be understood and applied fairly, not arbitrarily or capriciously. Given that broad statement, how should we drivers respond to pedestrians in crosswalks?

If you condense the VDOT Crosswalk statutes to their understandable part, what are we required to do when we come across a pedestrian and a crosswalk? VDOT laws can be found at, specifically for crosswalks; 46.2-924 Drivers to stop for pedestrians.

If the speed limit on the road is 35 MPH or less, you are required to “yield the right of way to any pedestrian crossing…” Drivers entering, crossing, or turning at intersections shall change course, yield, slow down, or stop if necessary to permit pedestrians cross such intersections safely and expeditiously.

So, there you are driving down Pacific Ave down at the oceanfront and somebody steps into the crosswalk. You now slow down and some horn-happy driver behind you lets you know that apparently he is late for some important occasion. Or, even worse, that driver whips around you and then almost nails the pedestrian in the crosswalk. It is getting almost as dangerous for you to stop (getting rear-ended) as it is for the pedestrian if you don’t stop.

It seems like driver-pedestrian encounters are too commonplace and a lose-lose situation with mostly deadly consequences. People from other parts of the world where pedestrian crosswalk laws are rigidly enforced don’t know what applies. Some pedestrians become trapped in the no-man’s land, the center median as they seek temporary refuge. What gives?

How does the city and state (Dillon rules; state makes the laws, not the cities) solve this continuously dangerous situation? ENACT UNDERSTANDABLE LAWS, EDUCATE EVERYONE, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, ENFORCE. As for Frogger, it was a great video game in the mid-70’s where you, as a frog, tried to cross a busy road. This game should never be attempted in real life by us or our fellow drivers and pedestrians.


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