Baylines August Newsletter from BAC

Check out the entire Baylines August edition. (6 pg PDF)

Includes info about:

Bayfront Advisory Commission meets
Thursday, August 16, 2018
1:30 -3:30 pm
Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center
2800 Shore Drive
City Council Appointed Advisory Board
Strategic Planning Meeting II
This annual meeting is open to the public but is a workshop meeting for the commission to compile priorities to be addressed by the BAC in the coming year. The public is welcome to observe. . . .


The Ocean Park Civic League has officially notified the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of its opposition to making the Lynnhaven Municipal Wharf permanent and is seeking a public hearing on the matter.

SDCC and OPCL Opposition Letters to US Army Corps of Engineers re: Permanent Wharf Permit

SDCC and Ocean Park Civic League have sent letters of opposition to the US Army Corps of Engineers regarding the City of Virginia Beach’s permit request to make the existing temporary wharf permanent and to use this permanent wharf as a dredge material transfer station to support the City’s neighborhood dredging program.

Click here to read the SDCC letter – SDCC LMW Permit Opposition Letter to Corps

Click here to read the OPCL letter – Letter to ACOE regarding wharf August 2 2018

You are welcomed and encouraged to send letters of your own to the Corps, but unfortunately they need to be sent by the Monday August 6th deadline.  If you can make the deadline, send your letters to

Monday July 30th – SDCC General Meeting and Special Presentation on Historic Seaview Beach

Click here for a printable version of the agenda 7.30.18 SDCC Agenda

SDCC General Meeting Agenda
Monday July 30, 2018 from 7:30 to 9:00pm
Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad Hall
(parking in back, on side streets and across Shore Drive)

Special Presentation – What, Where and When was Seaview Beach? Come out to hear a wonderful presentation on the historic Seaview Beach. Don’t know what/where Seaview Beach was? This is a great opportunity to learn some amazing stories and background of this incredible hot spot situated on Shore Drive.

Sherry Dibari, a Norfolk resident who works on independent projects related to the documentation and preservation of regional traditions and cultures, will discuss her research on Seaview Beach that she gathered while creating a research paper funded with a 2017 Research Grant from the Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission.

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

Old Business-
Lynnhaven Colony Storm Water Improvements – City Council is moving $1 million from 2018/19 budget designated for land purchase in the Lynnhaven Colony project to a neighborhood in the southern part of the City. The budget will be replaced in the 2019/20 cycle and no delays are expected in the Lynnhaven project.

Short Term Rentals (STR) –City Council is still discussing how to proceed with STRs. Current plans are to send this item back to the Planning Commission to have them gather more public input and provide more structure to Council’s changes.

Bus Route 35: Shore Drive to Oceanfront – Two months of service and ridership numbers are almost double compared to 2017. Please continue to provide SDCC your comments on the route and will collect them to forward to the City and HRT.

New Business –
Lynnhaven Municipal Wharf –The US Army Corps of Engineers are soliciting comments regarding this permit and have set August 6th as the deadline to receive written responses. SDCC would like to make a motion at tonight’s meeting to support an official response. Please be ready to discuss and vote.

Lesner Bridge Replacement – What is the scheduled opening date? What will be the traffic patterns and lane closure details to support the opening? Hopefully we will have some of these details to present.

Coyotes in the Bayfront Area – I spoke to the Director of First Landing State Park and they would be happy to send a ranger to our next meeting to talk about coyotes in our area. If there is interest, I will pursue a presentation for our August meeting.

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

***Next SDCC Meeting – Monday August 27, 2018***

“Following a stumbled handoff with city staff turnover, a plan to install bicycle racks at six beach access locations on the Bayfront is back on track.”

Check out BAC July Baylines 2018:

Ownership of the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center has changed hands and will be rebranded as a Delta by Marriott after extensive renovations, Stacey Shiflet, a BAC member and executive in the family company that sold the hotel, reported.

Closing on the $19 million sale took place June 15, said Shiflet, who said she has been hired as a consultant during the transition. Some $25 million in renovations are planned.

BAC Outreach meeting will be held on Thursday, June 21, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center

Mark your calendars !

June 7, 2018

Dear Community Representative:

Thank you again for expressing your willingness to participate in the Bayfront Advisory Commission’s Outreach ’18 communications initiative. Please bring your neighborhood’s most pressing concerns.

This spring’s Outreach meeting will be held on Thursday, June 21, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center. It will be in a second-floor meeting room yet to be assigned by the hotel but a lobby sign should direct you that day.

Although you are receiving direct word, this is a public meeting and will be legally advertised as such. If you have colleagues from other neighborhoods who had not signed up in advance, please notify them that they are welcome, too.

The purpose of this meeting is for the BAC to receive input from you about your most pressing concerns. The over-arching purpose is to assist the Commission with its priorities for the year ahead.

Commission members do not expect to be prepared to provide status updates other than what has officially come before the body. This is a listening meeting more than a telling meeting. But, every effort will be made to find out answers, to schedule future presentations, to connect you with the proper city entity or whatever else is possible to help you in your community.

Thank you again for your interest.

Kal Kassir, Chairman
Bayfront Advisory Commission