Monday June 25th @7:30pm – SDCC General Meeting Agenda

Route 35 Discount Tickets available at meeting!

Click here for a printable version of the agenda 6.25.18 SDCC Agenda

SDCC General Meeting Agenda
Monday June 25, 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 – 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

Old Business-
Short Term Rentals (STR) –City Council plans to send this item back to the Planning Commission on July 3rd and ask them to work on it more. To date, no comprehensive public conversation has been performed on the STR topic, only committee and commission hearings. Should SDCC request the City to hold a forum and would you attend to discuss concerns and ideas on STRs?

Lynnhaven Municipal Wharf –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 – After a month of operation how is it working? We would like to hear your comments on the route and will collect them to forward to the City and HRT.


New Business –
Bayfront Advisory Commission Outreach Meeting – Updates from BAC’s June 21st meeting to hear community concerns. What issues were identified? Does SDCC have any items that were missed?

Coyotes in the Bayfront Area – Coyotes have been spotted on our beaches, on the Cape Henry bike path, in the State Park, backyards and even walking on Shore Drive and Great Neck Road. Any thoughts, concerns? Possible speaker/presentation topic?

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

***Next SDCC Meeting – Monday July 30, 2018***

VB “received $10 million last week for the river’s restoration project, and it provided a 50 percent match, worth $5 million, as a condition of the funding”

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The area being restored is vital for a healthy water habitat, Forget said. It’s where many species spend the early period of their lifespan, and where animals lay eggs. The restoration will not only support aquatic life in Lynnhaven but also in the Chesapeake Bay and the ocean.

She said the restoration will also aid tourism, specifically the quickly growing sector of ecotourism, a major part of the Hampton Roads economy. With the changes, maybe another president will make a trip out for the oysters.

May 24, 2018 correspondence from Map Environmental to DEQ & ACOE re: proposed Lesner Municipal Wharf and potential uses.

Re: Permit Modification #5 – Permanent Wharf
Lesner Bridge Replacement Project, Virginia Beach, VA NAO 2007-3405, VWP Permit 12-1169, MAP Job # 11111
(4 page PDF)

At an unspecified time in the future, the City of Virginia Beach may request to use the dredged material disposal site (landward of the wharf) as a dredged material transfer site for individual SSD dredging projects. The scope and timeline for such projects is unclear . . .

Note: Our understanding is DEQ is still looking for answers from City of Virginia Beach about more detailed info on each of the speific uses the city listed for the new wharf including frequency of trucks for DMTS, safety plan for truck access road, durations for mooring of boats, and more.

We strongly believe a public hearing with DEQ to allow the public to comment is appropriate considering the controversy and impact the industrial use of the wharf could have on the Lynnhaven Boat Ramp & Beach Facility and the surrounding neighborhood including use of Shore Drive.

#LESNERBRIDGE update: “looks like we will move the eastbound traffic to the new bridge by the end of August 2018”

Email update today:


So you’ve got a great weekend to relax and enjoy the outdoors with the blue skies and great temps. You’ve stretched out in your beach chair, rubbed on the cocoa butter, put in the ear buds, grabbed an icy cold drink and NOW . . . you need something to read.

Well, you’re in luck. Just in time for your weekend, you have before you the missive commonly known as the Lesner Bridge Update . . . also popularly known as the Kingfish Chronicle or the Wojo Report . . . take your pick. In this edition, Kingfish enlightens us all with the latest work and accomplishments as we near the finish line.

While it may be somewhat briefer than past reports, he still finds a way to slip in some of that engineer lingo like “base and intermediate asphalt” and “subgrade on the east side” and “falsework for the gantry launch.” (I know . . . I’m getting goosebumps too!) It just doesn’t read the same when an English major knucklehead writes it.

Even better – just to show you Public Works knows how to economize – you can take this report, print it out and use it on the beach to swat the sand fleas and flies, and then dispose. “Multi-use” is our creed in the PW department . . . (as in – after I write this stuff I have to go empty the trash in everyone’s office and clean the windows . . . they’re “multi-using” me).

As always, we appreciate your questions and e-mails, so please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are regularly updating information on our WEB page at: You can also follow us on Twitter at: @lesnerbridge.

If you haven’t already signed up for the City’s FB page or Twitter account, I encourage you to do so; that means you will receive timely updates from all things City-related and show that annoying friend who keeps running his yap about everything he THINKS he knows that you are far better informed than him.

If you know of someone who would like to be added to our update list, please have them get in touch with me at this e-mail address and I will be glad to add them – and please feel free to pass this along to others.

Thanks again for all of your interest and patience throughout this project.

Please . . . enjoy this weekend.

And don’t forget . . . stay safe, look out for each other, and put the daggone phone down while you’re driving – don’t make an LOL a DOA.

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



Since the last update in March, McLean has completed construction of the EB bridge substructure, including Pier columns 8 and 9. They have also completed spans 5, 6, and 7 of the bridge superstructure and are currently working on span 8 (of 10). The new bridge fender system, including the navigational lighting has also been completed.

At the bridge approaches on both sides of the bridge, sidewalks have been placed, curb and gutter has been installed, painting of the retaining walls has been completed, and installation of the permanent handrailing is nearly complete. Base and intermediate asphalt pavement have been placed on the western bridge approach at East Stratford Road,and the subgrade on the east side of the bridge is being prepared for upcoming paving work near Vista Circle.

Multi-use Path Lighting of the new EB Lesner Bridge

Over the next two weeks, the bridge contractor will:

· Complete Span #8 of the eastbound bridge and launch the gantry to Span #9;

· Pave the eastern bridge approach and the intersection of Shore Drive and Vista Circle;

· Install falsework for the gantry launch at Pier #9;

· Install the expansion joint at Abutment A (near Lynnhaven Boat Ramps); and

· Continue to install bridge lighting systems.

View Looking West at completed Span #7 (right) of the new EB Lesner Bridge

At this point it looks like we will move the eastbound traffic to the new bridge by the end of August 2018. Once we complete this traffic switch, we will move to the westbound bridge to remove the temporary concrete barriers and fencing in order to build the 10-foot wide multi-use path. We are looking at total project completion by November 2018, including all street lighting and landscaping.

That’s it in a nutshell.

Thank You,


Christopher J. Wojtowicz, PE
Engineering Construction Manager
City of Virginia Beach
Department of Public Works
Engineering Division
2405 Courthouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23456-9031
Office: (757) 385-5785
Fax: (757) 385-5668

Film “Tidewater” and discussion at Brock

Third in our Conversations about Climate Change Series
June 14, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, Brock Environmental Center

“What’s our plan? And how do we become a part of the solution?

We have the knowledge and the technology. How can we export good ideas to the rest
of the world?”

The film Tidewater raises all of these issues and more. A terrific film about the challenges and opportunities that confront our region. How do we choose to move forward? Watch a trailer here:

Join us on June 14th to view the film followed by a facilitated discussion. Free and open to all, but please register at or by calling, 757-962-5398.

STR discussed at City Council Informal session plus Virginian-Pilot coverage

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But leaders are making some progress on where to allow the practice, which has been popular for decades in Sandbridge and has recently become more common all over the city through websites like Airbnb.

This week, staff presented five areas in the city where homes could continue to be rented out for less than 30 days – as long as they follow regulations that leaders are still crafting.

Note: Tourism & short term rentals have been part of Virginia Beach culture for decades not only in Sandbridge but also in pretty much every neighborhood near water.

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.