Good News!

We can all use some good news these days! At the July 9th virtual OPCL meeting, Jill Doczi provided an update from the City about the sand replenishment for Ocean Park beach. James White from VB Public Works wrote Jill that the plan is to rebid the project with a longer performance period, and the funding was not impacted by the new fiscal year budget. Hurray!

Virtual Welcome Wagon! Welcome to all new Ocean Park Residents! We would like to get to know you! If you have a new neighbor, let us know. We can’t leave our Welcome to Ocean Park Cookie bags right now (hope to soon!) but we’d like to introduce new folks to the neighborhood.

Bayfront Advisory Commission to hear Marlin Bay developer presentation : live broadcast Thursday

On Thursday July 16 at 3:30 pm, the BAC will hear from the Marlin Bay Developer in its regular monthly meeting at the Ocean Park Rescue Squad. The meeting will be broadcast live through Zoom and Facebook Live because space at the Rescue Squad is very limited by social distancing requirements. The meeting will also be recorded so people can listen and review it at any time. The broadcast is one way so questioning through Zoom will not be possible. OPCL is working to set up a Zoom meeting with the developer on July 22 when the community can ask questions and interact with members of the development team.

The link to the live broadcast on July 16 at 3:30 pm is here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84038839117

At the OPCL meeting on July 9th the Marlin Bay Committee reported that Mark Shea, Comprehensive Planning Coordinator for the city and staff planner for the BAC, said that the BAC and the city have heard from over 160 people and that they take those comments very seriously. Everyone still wishing to make their voice heard should be assured that their communications are valued and put in front of the BAC and city officials. It’s not too late to write and make your voice heard! Go to the previous post with live email links to city and BAC officials. https://opcl.org/2020/06/19/rezoning-for-marlin-bay-apartments-2/

July 9th Join the General Membership Virtual Meeting on Thursday 7:00 pm!

On Thursday July 9th at 7:00 pm, OPCL will again meet virtually. Several issues facing the community will have important updates and decisions to consider concerning: Marlin Bay Development, Beach Replenishment and Labor Day fireworks.

Register now for the OPCL virtual meeting on Zoom. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpd-iqqzwpGtN8XzdS4u2QevopiaFE80rL

It’s easy to register! Click on the above link anytime to register. You will get a confirmation email that has your link to the meeting. Register now so you will be included and can get the most up-to-date information about the issues facing our community. If you have any questions, you can leave a comment below or send an email to communication@opcl.org .

For testing Zoom on your desktop or personal device: https://zoom.us/test

If you are in need of the app, get it here:

-for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.zoom.videomeetings

-for the Desktop (web client) https://zoom.us/client/latest/ZoomInstaller.exe

-for Apple: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id546505307

Rezoning Request for developing Marlin Bay Apartments

Developer’s request to rezone to allow for 227-unit apartment structure goes to planning meeting soon.

Contact City officials and let them know your concerns! Click on linked email addresses below

“Hi, my name is __ and I am an Ocean Park (resident, homeowner, business owner). I oppose the request to increase density and rezone Marlin Bay Apartments on Shore Dr. and Marlin Bay from B2/PDH1 to conditional B4. I am not opposed to all development but I want to ensure it is in line with the community and quality of life here.”

Mayor Bobby Dyer — 757-385-4581 — bdyer@vbgov.com

Mark Shea — Comprehensive Planning Coordinator— meshea@vbgov.com

VB Planning Commission

VB City Council

Louis Jones — 757-583-0177 — lrjones@vbgov.com

Jim Wood — 757-366-1011 — jlwood@vbgov.com

Bayfront Advisory Commission

Charles Malbon Vice Chair — tanklines@aol.com

Morgan Ayers— ayersmorgan@gmail.com

Faith Christie— Fchristie3@cox.net

Wallis Damon— walkatdam@aol.com

Philip Davenport — Pdavenport9@cox.net

Charles Faison Jr. — geefaison@gmail.com

William Hearst — whearst@verizon.net

Stacey Shiflet — Sshiflet35@yahoo.com

Martin Thomas — Mthomas2001@gmail.com

Negative Impacts on Ocean Park

In accordance with the Shore Drive overlay a parcel of 4 acres or more can have 36 units per acre which is 144 not 227. The apartment complex would occupy 4 acres. Including Lynnhaven Marine, it is a 6 acre parcel so they have planned 227 units.

Environmental study needs to be performed to determine the impact on PHP .

Parking spilling onto Marlin Bay and surrounding neighborhoods

Emergency service response serving Ocean Park

Here is the Marlin Bay development website to get information from the company developing the project. https://www.marlinbayvb.com/

Add Your Voice

See email links below to contact city officials about the proposed Marlin Bay Development. Your opinion is important and valued. You can also view the developer’s website at marlinbayvb.com.

Ocean Park T-shirts and sweatshirts are still for sale! These would be a fun project to customize with tie dye! undefined

Tuesday Update

This just in: story on the Marlin Bay Development on News 13: https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/local/mycity/virginia-beach/new-development-plans-facing-pushback-on-shore-drive/291-53339d7a-390b-4d0e-b676-3ad2611517ba

On Thursday June 4, OPCL had another productive and well attended virtual meeting. The virtual meeting format will continue in July and perhaps further in the future as a regular feature adding more accessibility and flexibility for OPCL meetings.

Strategies going forward were discussed concerning the Marlin Bay Development. The chair of the committee, Carly Swift, invited interested community members to join the work of the committee. Contact her at: drcsmith@gmail.com

Jill Doczi gave an update on fireworks. There is a possibility of having the fireworks at Labor Day depending on what the city does and on getting the needed federal and local permits. Blake Norris, treasurer, said that he will be declining Paypal payments for fireworks at this time given the uncertainty.

A letter was sent on behalf of OPCL to Mark Johnson, Director of Public Works for Virginia Beach, the mayor, and the city council in support of rebidding for the beach replenishment project.

Detailed minutes for the meeting are here. (click on the hot link)

Join the Virtual General Membership meeting Thursday June 4 at 7:00 pm!

Register now for the OPCL virtual meeting on Zoom. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwuf-usrjoqHdG59ukQcPRYJ5EQ5RNsOogs

It’s easy! Click on the link anytime to register. You will get a confirmation email that has your link to the meeting. Register now so you will be included and can get the most up-to-date information about the issues facing our community. If you have any questions, you can leave a comment below or send an email to communication@opcl.org .

Minutes from the May 7th General Membership meeting can be found on the Minutes page.https://opcl.org/aboutopcl/meeting-minutes-agendas/

For testing Zoom on your desktop or personal device: https://zoom.us/test

If you are in need of the application, get it here:

-for the Desktop (web client) https://zoom.us/client/latest/ZoomInstaller.exe

-for Apple: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id546505307

-for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.zoom.videomeetings

Agenda items:

  • Marlin Bay Apartment proposed development
  • Fireworks
  • Beach Replenishment

Rezoning for Marlin Bay Apartments

Developer’s request for 227-unit apartment structure goes to planning meeting in June.

Contact City officials and let them know your concerns! Click on linked email addresses below

“Hi, my name is __ and I am an Ocean Park (resident, homeowner, business owner). I oppose the request to increase density and rezone Marlin Bay Apartments on Shore Dr. and Marlin Bay from B2/PDH1 to conditional B4. I am not opposed all development but I want to ensure it is in line with the community and quality of life here.”

Mayor Bobby Dyer — 757-385-4581 — bdyer@vbgov.com

Mark Shea — Comprehensive Planning Coordinator— meshea@vbgov.com

VB Planning Commission

VB City Council

Louis Jones — 757-583-0177 — lrjones@vbgov.com

Jim Wood — 757-366-1011 — jlwood@vbgov.com

Bayfront Advisory Commission

Charles Malbon Vice Chair — tanklines@aol.com

Morgan Ayers— ayersmorgan@gmail.com

Faith Christie— Fchristie3@cox.net

Wallis Damon— walkatdam@aol.com

Philip Davenport — Pdavenport9@cox.net

Charles Faison Jr. — geefaison@gmail.com

William Hearst — whearst@verizon.net

Stacey Shiflet — Sshiflet35@yahoo.com

Martin Thomas — Mthomas2001@gmail.com

Negative Impacts on Ocean Park

In accordance with the Shore Drive overlay a parcel of 4 acres or more can have 36 units per acre which is 144 not 227. The apartment complex would occupy 4 acres. Including Lynnhaven Marine, it is a 6 acre parcel so they have planned 227 units.

Environmental study needs to be performed to determine the impact on PHP .

Parking spilling onto Marlin Bay and surrounding neighborhoods

Emergency service response serving Ocean Park

Here is the Marlin Bay development website to get information from the company developing the project. https://www.marlinbayvb.com/

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