Please note: Floatopia did not take place in “Chicks Beach”. It was in Ocean Park.
Large amounts of trash left on beach after ‘Floatopia’ upsets Virginia Beach residents Wtkr.com
“Lots of floats, lots of wood, lots of things to party with. Beer cans and different types of food. Sock were everywhere,” Marino said.
Appalled and disgusted by the trash, long time Virginia Beach resident Melissa Noel posted a video to Facebook to help spread the word of keeping the beaches clean.
10 tons of trash collected after Floatopia event at Chic’s Beach WAVY.com
“All kinds of garbage, trash, bottles, towels, pieces of clothing, mats, cans,” said Drew Lankford, with the City of Virginia Beach Public Works Department.
Video of the trash quickly went viral on social media causing a lot of anger among the community.
“You know, it’s not a whole lot of effort to clean up after yourself,” Lankford said.
‘Floatopia’ beach-goers leave 10 tons of trash at Ocean Park beach 13NewsNow.com
“It was really bad, it was a disaster,” he said. “I think the city management needs to really take a look at Floatopia and what it does to the community, around here.”
10 tons of trash collected from Virginia Beach after Memorial Day event MSN.com
City council member Michael Berlucchi criticized the mess left behind.
“We can do better than this! Let’s work together to keep our City beautiful,” he wrote.
10 tons of trash collected from Virginia Beach after Memorial Day event TheHill.com
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Just one of the many videos on social media.
View invitation to attend Outreach meeting.(2 pg PDF)
This spring’s Outreach meeting will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2019 during the regular BAC meeting. The community input will begin shortly after the 3:30pm meeting start time. The meeting will be held at the Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club, located at 1950 Thomas Bishop Lane (2nd floor meeting room), Virginia Beach, VA, 23454.
Download Bayfront Advisory Commission (BAC) Strategic Plan.(2 pg PDF)
Bayfront Advisory Commission (BAC) Strategic Plan
The mission of the BAC is to review and make recommendations to the City Council regarding public and private projects and issues associated with the Bayfront area, and projects or issues associated with the Bayfront area that the City Council may refer to the Commission.
Executive – Kal Kassir Chairman
Design – Joe Bovee Chairman
Communications – Scott Ayers Chairman
Transportation – Charles Malbon Chairman
High Priority Project Items
Funding Phase IV roadway improvements ( Shady Oaks to west base of Lesner bridge )
Dewberry/Sea Level Rise Study
City Marina Development
City Wharf/Osprey Park
Pedestrian walkway under bridge (from Vista Circle to Page Avenue)
Ocean Park Beach
Address what the nature of the “Bayfront” should be
Determine future look (preserve commercial, address vacation rentals)
Work with Planning on Comprehensive Plan
Landscape design of Route 13 and Shore Drive interchange
High Priority Communication Items
1. Schedule department heads for briefings
2. Reach out to City’s Communication office and Drew Langford, Public Works
3. Make regular City Council connections
4. Renew existing partnerships and seek out new
5. Look for new Commission talent, especially multi age group
6. Focus on marketing “Who is BAC”
7. Review capital projects in Bayfront Area
Ongoing Concerns To Be Monitored
Shore Drive roadway improvements phases II,III,IV
Update Shore Drive design guidelines
Development review coordination with city staff
Live Oak protection
Beach interpretive signs / bike parking and beach access
CIP projects – identify and get annual updates
“No Parking” signs clearly defined within neighborhoods
Community signs as developed by BAC
Liaisons, Partnerships and City Staff Support
City Council (liaisons Jim Wood & Louis Jones)
Conventions and Visitors Bureau
Parks and Recreation
First Landing State Park
JEB Little Creek – Fort Story
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Commission
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Friends of Live Oaks
Hampton Roads Sanitation District Commission
Lynnhaven River NOW
Public Art Foundation
Resort Advisory Commission
Shore Drive Community Coalition
Virginia Beach Public Schools
Phase IV will dramatically upgrade Shore Drive in Ocean Park.
The City Is Hosting a Series of Sea Level Rise Public Meetings at VBGov.com.
Virginia Beach Public Works has announced a series of public meetings with Old Dominion University in May and June concerning the City’s efforts in developing a comprehensive flooding response plan for sea level rise. Working with Dewberry, Public Works Engineering has been conducting studies and developing long-term plans to combat the growing risks and projected effects of sea level rise throughout the city.
Previously at SDCC.info.
This meeting is being held a week earlier than normal due to Memorial Day
Click here for a printable version of the agenda 5.20.19 SDCC Agenda
SDCC General Meeting Agenda
***Monday May 20, 2019 from 7:30 to 9:00pm***
Meeting is a week early due to Memorial Day
Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad Hall – 3769 East Stratford Rd
(parking in back, on side streets and across Shore Drive)
Special Presentation – Attempting to confirm a presentation on Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP) – This program is an urban cost-share program that provides financial incentives (usually 75%) and technical and educational assistance to property owners installing eligible Best Management Practices (BMP’s) in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
Secretary – Kathleen Damon
Treasurer’s Report –Tim Solanic
Vice President – Wally Damon
President – Todd Solomon
Bayfront Beach Replenishment Update – Contractor will begin equipment set up last week of May and begin placing sand on beach the middle of June. Additional details and concerns will be discussed.
4th of July Fireworks for Cape Henry Beach – Still waiting for an update from Councilman Wood and Deputy City Manager Cover on request to have City’s Entertainment Contractor take over the planning and execution of this event.
Shore Drive Improvements in Ocean Park – Contractor will begin work the week after Memorial Day
Cape Henry Ditch Volunteer Clean Out Corps Proposal – Representatives of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation presented a plan to Cape Story by the Sea Civic Association that would create a volunteer workforce to help clean out and maintain a section of the ditch behind Food Lion. It was suggested that CBF meet with City Staff to pursue a plan that would get City support and approval.
New Business –
Dewberry Report Sea Level Rise and Stormwater – Community forums planned for public input into Dewberry’s Draft document. Unfortunately there are no meetings planned north of Virginia Beach Blvd. SDCC has asked to have an additional meeting added to list for Bayfront residents, but nothing has been done to date. Meetings are from 6 to 8 pm at the following locations. The Princess Anne HS meeting is designated for our Lynnhaven watershed.
• May 29 at the Virginia Aquarium
• May 30 at Kempsville High School
• June 3 at Kellam High School
• June 5 at Princess Anne High School
• June 6 at Creeds Elementary School
Route 35 Bayfront to Oceanfront Shuttle – Service will start Monday May 20th and run through Labor Day weekend. An additional stop has been added to the Fort Story gate where riders can catch another shuttle service to visit the Lighthouses. Tickets to ride HRT Route 35 can be purchased at both Food Lions on Shore Drive. Adult fares can also be bought using the new GoHRT mobile ticket app.
Upcoming Chances for Civic Engagement
Tuesday June 11th – Primary Election – 6am to 7pm at your normal polling locations.
Community Concerns– Please share any issues or concerns your groups/organizations may have at this time.
***Next SDCC Meeting – Monday June 24, 2019***
Read May 15, 2019 Subject: Cape Henry Beach Replenishment-Project Update #1 letter (1 pg PDF)
We will be requesting that citizen’s personal property (volleyball courts, catamarans, beach furniture, etc.) be removed from the beach or safely secured and stored in its entirety on top of the dunes (where practical) before the project reaches your area.
View article including some of the proposed plans at Pilotonline.com:
“This is probably the biggest threat that faces our city. We really need to take this seriously,” City Councilwoman Rosemary Wilson said at a meeting Tuesday night. “These are huge, huge numbers. It’s very frightening.”
The city is still months away from deciding how to move forward.
No doubt you are aware the probability of your taxes going up to pay to mitigate for sea level rise is roughly 100%.
More about Dewberry study
Dewberry sea level rise study update to City Council Informal Session video from May 7 2019 at SDCC.info.
“Dewberry” Search results at SDCC.info.
Comprehensive Sea Level Rise and Recurrent Flooding Response Plan at VBGov.com.
Current Public Hearing Schedule
June 5, 2019 – Princess Anne High School (Lynnhaven)
We are working with the City to have a Public Hearing located in the Bayfront area.