Virginia Beach Community Emergency Response Team (VBCERT) Course Starts June 4

Virginia Beach Community Emergency Response Team (VBCERT) Course Starts June 4
Six-week course educates citizens on disaster preparedness

Virginia Beach, Va. (May 21, 2018) — The City of Virginia Beach Office of Emergency Management will be hosting a FREE Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course that starts Monday, June 4 and runs through Saturday, July 14. This six-week course (two days a week) educates citizens about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety and suppression, light search and rescue, team organization, disaster medical operations and disaster psychology.

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. People who go through CERT training have a better understanding of the potential threats to their home, workplace and community and can take the right steps to lessen the effects of these hazards on themselves, their homes or workplace. If a disaster happens that overwhelms local response capability, CERT members can apply the training learned in the classroom and during exercises to give critical support to their family, loved ones, neighbors or associates in their immediate area until help arrives. When help does arrive, VBCERT members provide useful information to responders and support their efforts, as directed, at the disaster site.

Additional information and registration can be found at VBCERT or by calling Cookie Ketchum at (757) 385-2914 or Douglas Duggan at (757) 416-8782.

Most classes except the Practical will be held at the Fire/EMS Training Center, 927 So. Birdneck Road, from 6 – 10 p.m. The Practical will be held on Saturday morning from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. also at the Fire/EMS Training Center. The Fingerprinting/EOC night will be held at Precinct One (Building 11) and the Emergency Operations Center (Building 30).

June 2018 Class
• June 4, 2018 – Orientation
• June 6, 2018 – Disaster Preparedness
• June 11, 2018 – Weather & Team Organization
• June 13, 2018 – Disaster Medical Operations I
• June 18, 2018 – Fingerprinting, Eoc & Terrorism Awareness
• June 20, 2018 – Disaster Medical Operations Ii
• June 25, 2018 – CPR Certification
• June 27, 2018 – Fire Suppression & Hazardous Materials
• July 9, 2018 – Light Search And Rescue Operations
• July 11, 2018 – Disaster Psychology /Radio Training
• July 14, 2018 – Practical Evolution/Mock Disaster

All classes will be held at the Fire/EMS Training Center, 927 So. Birdneck Road, from 6 – 10 p.m. except the Practical which will be held on Saturday morning from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. also at the Fire/EMS Training Center.

LMW documents from VB FOIA request by OPCL

Ocean Park Civic League asked for all the current docs about the Lesner Municipal Wharf & proposed ideas for it’s use.

Lesner Municipal Wharf FOIA Details from May2018. (30 page PDF)

Documents include:


1. The COE and DEQ will discuss internally and advise on the appropriate permit process for the modification and extension request.
2. The City/Consultant will reconnect w/COE and DEQ the week of April 9th for direction and clarity on the process.
3. The City/Consultant will expand efforts on the permit modification/extension and incorporate COE/DEQ input, as appropriate, for the next submission.


Scharlene Floyd of the COE issued a permit extension on March 30, 2018 to extend the permit effective through May 13, 2022.

The bubbles are potential areas that are proposed to illustrate which neighborhoods might use certain transfer sites.

Monday May 21st SDCC Meeting Agenda – Note this is a week early due to Memorial Day

Click here for a printable version of the agenda – 5.21.18 SDCC Agenda

SDCC General Meeting Agenda
Monday May 21, 2018 from 7:30 to 9:00pm
***Note this is a week early due to Memorial Day***
Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad Hall
(parking in back, on side streets and across Shore Drive)

Special Presentation – No presentation scheduled

Seaview Beach presentation rescheduled to Monday July 30th meeting.

Officer’s Reports:
Secretary – Kathy Damon
Treasurer’s Report –Tim Solanic
Vice President – Wally Damon
President – Todd Solomon

Bayfront Advisory Commission (BAC) News – Mr. Wally Damon will update us on the actions of the Bayfront Advisory Commission.

Old Business-
Short Term Rentals (STR) – It is believed that City Council will sending a recommendation back to the Planning Commission for review, comments and recommendations. After which, the Planning Commission will send City Council their final recommendation for a City Council vote. The Council vote may be as early as June but more likely July/Aug timeframe. No new information has been posted since April, but updates on STRs can be found at

Lynnhaven Municipal Wharf – What happens next. Updates on the City’s request to Army Corps of Engineers and Dept. of Environmental Quality to leave a permanent wharf in place after the Lesner Bridge construction is complete.

Bus Route 35: Shore Drive to Oceanfront – The expanded route began Sunday May 20th and will run until the end of September. It will operate daily from 8am to Midnight through Labor Day and then switch to weekend service until the end of September. Helpful updates will be posted on SDCC’s website as we gather them.

New Business –
Addition of “Your Speed Is” Traffic Signs on Shore Drive – The draft report shows these signs helped reduce speeds for sections of Shore Drive from 50 MPH to 45 MPH. SDCC would like to make an official motion to request the City purchase some of these portable signs to be used periodically along high speed sections of Shore Drive.

City Council Approves FY19 Budget – Included in this budget is funding for Shore Drive Road Improvements in Ocean Park – Phase 4 – CIP 2.118 Bus Route 35: Shore Drive to Oceanfront. Thanks to all that showed their support in making this happen.

Community Concerns– Please share any issues or concerns your groups/organizations may have at this time.

***Next SDCC Meeting – Monday June 25, 2018***

BoBo’s Chicken opened on April 17th at old Charlie’s location

For 70 years and three generations, the Rehpelz family served the people of Virginia Beach with seaside she-crab soup and hushpuppies at their Shore Drive restaurant, Charlie’s Seafood.

Now, a family tradition has just started in the same location. As first reported this winter by The Pilot, Virginia Beach native son Bo Midgett is bringing three generations of his own local family recipes to a new fried chicken and biscuit spot called Bobo’s Fine Chicken.

For more information and to read the Pilot article, click here

Bayfront # 35 2017 Archive Page

From our original Bayfront # 35 page:

Archive below

Take Route 35 this summer?

October 1st ’17 was last day for this year.
We’re looking to help Virginia Beach & HRT expand it in ’18.

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Bayfront Shuttle Route 35 – Starting May 22, 2017, ride the VB Wave from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront to First Landing State Park, the North End beaches, and all the wonderful Bayfront restaurants on Shore Drive. From May 22 through Labor Day, VB Wave shuttles will run every 45 minutes from 8:00 a.m. to Midnight every day. Then from September 8 through October 1, VB Wave shuttle service will run from 8:00 a.m. to Midnight, but only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

This new shuttle route is a test run and will only become permanent if the ridership can support it.  The test route was supported by the Shore Drive Community Coalition, First Landing State Park, Bayfront Advisory Committee, Resort Advisory Committee and the City Council.  It has the potential to reduce parking problems along Shore Drive as well as at the Oceanfront.  Locals can attend summer events and tourists can visit Shore Drive establishments without having to take a car and find parking which we all know is at a premium during the summer season.

It is our understanding that a quota of 10 trips per hour average is what will be needed to make the shuttle a permanent service.  With a 16 hour service, that converts to 160 trips per day.  So if you like the idea of this route, please use it and tell all your friends to use it also.

In an effort to help make riding this route as easy and stress-free as possible, volunteers have gathered and created the following documents.  The information on these documents may not be 100% correct, but what do you want for free labor :)

If you have any comments regarding these documents or the shuttle service, please send an email to Todd Solomon at


Route 35  – List of Stops in Table Format – This document lists all the stops on the route.  Helpful details to know – Outbound = Artic/19th to Vista Circle to First Landing.  Inbound = First Landing to Artic/19th   Route 35 Stops and Times Rev.1

Route 35 – Map of Route – This map shows stops but doesn’t label all of them. Route 35 Bayfront Shuttle 2017 Map with Stops

Timetable for Shore Drive to Oceanfront Travel – This is the best image to use if you are traveling from Shore Drive to the Oceanfront.  It will help you determine an estimated time to arrive at a stop to catch the bus to the oceanfront.  You can also print the image below by Clicking Here

Fares to ride the new shuttle will cost the same as the current VB Wave route.  $2.00 per normal trip.  You can also purchase one day unlimited ride passes for $4.00, 3-Day passes for $8.00 and 7-Day passes for $20.00.  Multi-ride passes can be purchased at 7-11 on Shore Drive & Red Tide or at Farm Fresh on Great Neck Road (go to the information counter to purchase).  The clock on the multi-ride pass starts the day you first use it.  So you can purchase them ahead of time or as gifts and they will not expire prior to use.

Additional information regarding HRT and how to ride can be found at