Exciting panel discussion about The Canoes at MOCA!

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Join us for a discussion on the integration of two seemingly disconnected fields: Art and Engineering. Learn how the merging of creativity and calculation gives us a new perception of our community. Our distinguished panelists include:

Donald Lipski
Artist of The Canoes at Lesner Bridge

Chris Wojtowicz
City of Virginia Beach, Project Manager of the Lesner Bridge Replacement Project

Mel Price, Principal, Work Program Architects (WPA)

Moderated by Ron Williams, Virginia Beach Deputy City Manager

“The Planning Commission on Wednesday voted on regulations that would allow anyone to rent out a room or home for a short stay – as long as the owner registers with the city and pays taxes. The City Council is expected to hold a public hearing on the proposal March 6 and vote on a final version March 20.”

View article at Pilotonline.com:

Short-term rentals, according to the proposal, would be similar to home-sharing except the owner wouldn’t be living there. For short-term rentals, additional rules include limiting the number of contracts to two per week, submitting a parking plan to the city to show one space for each bedroom and a cap on the number of guests allowed.

Those rentals must also register with the Commissioner of the Revenue and pay occupancy taxes.

“The wharf was approved on a temporary basis back in 2012, as part of the Lesner Bridge construction. Now, the city wants to keep the wharf permanently.”

Report including video at 13 News Now.

The wharf was approved on a temporary basis back in 2012, as part of the Lesner Bridge construction. Now, the city wants to keep the wharf permanently.

PHP opportunity! “City of Virginia Beach Office of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center, is looking to engage an artist or artist group for an artist residency to create a site-specific, environmentally responsive installation that spotlights the natural beauty, educates and reignites community appreciation for the Chesapeake Bay, while highlighting Virginia Beach’s natural spaces.”

PLEASURE HOUSE POINT ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIVE ARTIST RESIDENCY REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL / CITY OF VIRGINIA BEACH

Check out the exciting details here ! (8 page PDF)

Download 8 page PDF here too.

Artist Opportunities at VBGov.com includes this amazing new opportunity for Ocean Park & PHP.

“Chairman of the Bayfront Advisory Commission for the past eighteen years, Kal Kassir is a firm believer in the power of citizen advocacy groups and the benefits they bring to communities.”

Great article about Kal in Pilotonline.com:

“There was so much natural beauty and opportunity,” said Kassir, who was born in Iraq. “Virginia Beach has grown up since saw it as a college student, but I’ve always loved this city.”

Some of that passion is found in his volunteerism as chair of the Bayfront Advisory Commission. The group started in 1998 . . .

Ocean Park Civic League would like your help in helping Vice Mayor Jones secure funding for Phase 4 for Shore Drive upgrades in Ocean Park.

Please Email City Council now. You will make a difference at OPCL.org

Dear Mayor, Vice Mayor & City Council Members,

I am petitioning you to fund Shore Drive Phase IV immediately.

Specifically:

1. Please find 50% funding for CIP 2.118.000 Shore Drive Corridor Improvements-Phase 4 in 2018.

2. Please fund 100% of Phase 4 by 2019.

Finishing Phase IV now is critical to the health of Virginia Beach. Why?

The City Council commissioned Urban Land Institute Study of Shore Drive in 1996 and City Council Adopted Comprehensive Plan in 1997 state that:

“(Virginia Beach should) Recognize and improve the Shore Drive corridor as a resort gateway community, not a resort destination.”

“Shore Drive also serves as a tourist gateway for those heading to the oceanfront, offering for many their first glimpse of the City of Virginia Beach. Therefore, it is important to make a good first impression.”

City Council previously recognized the importance of this corridor:
1. City Council created the Shore Drive (Bayfront) Advisory Committee . . .

Click to view OPCL.org page.

“Why not devote some energy as well as funds to finish the horrible mess known as Shore Drive.”

Opinion/Letter to the editor.
From an unedited email to us:

Hearing about the millions of dollars being discussed for the various proposed projects at the Beach astounds me. Why not devote some energy as well as funds to finish the horrible mess known as Shore Drive. The Lesner Bridge project is likely over 1 year behind schedule and much over budget. Shore Drive has to my knowledge never been completely resurfaced. The median strips east of the bridge have never been landscaped, sidewalks appear and disappear randomly and bike paths are non existent. Potholes remain untouched for years and after recent storms who knows when repairs will begin.

I see the major problem as the lack of representation from this area on city council. There is no one on the council that lives in this area. The Lesner Bridge splits our community into two zip codes and we have no one on city council that lives, works and transits this area on a daily basis. Bridge lighting works sporadically, trash on sidewalks on the bridge and sand and orange cones make it bicycle and pedestrian unfriendly.

One of the most traveled access points to the Beach deserves better as do the thousands of taxpayers. New roads, sidewalks and bike paths cover the oceanfront and the south side but sadly Shore Dr gets no attention at all.

Don Allen
Virginia Beach