Face to Face Finally! What Do You Think?

On Thursday, May 5th the civic league met for the first time in person since 2020! We also had folks online in Zoom for a tryout Zoom hybrid meeting which had some glitches. The Brock’s offerings for making Zoom happen are rather outdated so we had to cobble together some components. We also had a challenging agenda for the new format with two speakers with presentations. The Brock is hoping to update their equipment to allow for virtual meetings but we learned some good lessons and think we can do better next time. We welcome your comments! Do you find it valuable to be able to listen in on the meeting by Zoom? Please either comment on this page or send your comments to: president@opcl.org.

Captain Wilkerson, 3rd Precinct Commanding Officer discussed crime statistics and answered residents’ questions about our neighborhood. Read about the details: May 5 General Meeting Minutes

Valerie Henchel, Engineer for Traffic Safety for VB and Brian gave a clear picture of the recent Surry Rd traffic study and outlined the steps for traffic mitigation measures. Here is their presentation Traffic Calming Power point Ocean Park May 2022 and you can read more in the Minutes.

Here Comes the Sand!

Ocean Park residents should have received the following letter from the City of Virginia Beach laying out the nearing start of the Beach Replenishment Project. In the letter residents are reminded that they should remove any property from the beach which would include chairs, boats etc that are near the dunes’ edge, sand fences etc. before the project starts April 2022 Ocean Park Sand Project Letter to Residents

Membership Appeal-please become a member of the Ocean Park Civic League!

We need folks to become members of OPCL if we are to be able to continue to offer our social events and continue the work of the civic league. Join OPCL today! Inflation is affecting our budget too and we rely on our residents to support the civic league by being members. Social events are much more expensive and we want to continue to offer these fun occasions to the community. Please consider joining OPCL- just $20 for an annual membership. We had a great turn out by our neighbors on Saturday April 23rd for our Annual Spring Fling at Taste! The food was super! Thank you to Taste Unlimited for excellent food and service! The music was great-thank you Johnny Smallwood of Vinyl Headlights! And the weather certainly cooperated for us- we had a perfect Ocean Park sunny day! We welcomed so many new members and old friends! Thank you to all for coming and enjoying the evening with us!

Thank you to our Ocean Park Volunteers!

We’ve had a lot of help lately!

We delivered our April 2022 Echo Mini Newsletter last week to (we hope) every household in Ocean Park. Thank you to our hardworking helpers: Jill Doczi, editor and delivery champ (did you get your 10 miles in!?), Linda Kester (the rubber band innovator!), Tim and Andrea Lindemann, Debbie Cohen and Tetsuo Ogiwara, Phil Rous, Danny Murphy, Margaret Inge and Janice Cardone for reaching out to all corners of Ocean Park! (If you did not receive a newsletter, let us know so we can find you next time! communication@opcl.org)

Thank you to all the folks who made the Spring Fling happen: our planners- Joanne Lappin Parker, Lynda Martin, Danny Murphy and Andrea Lindemann. More volunteers ensured that everything went smoothly on the day: Blake Norris, treasurer and T-shirt seller! Tech support provided by Brian Snyder! Shane Abell and Barbara McCrudden were busy checking members in for the membership table!

If you would like to help out, go to opcl.org/aboutopcl/ and take a look at the various areas. Send an email to president@opcl.org to let us know you are interested!

2022 Annual OPCL Membership Dues – Renew or Join Today !

Take a look back over the events in Ocean Park and the positive impact OPCL has had on the neighborhood: A Year in Ocean Park. Support the work and fun the civic league can provide thanks to your membership. We appeal to all residents of our community to consider joining OPCL. Annual dues are only $20 for a household : opcl.org Join OPCL. The civic league depends on your support to work on behalf of the Ocean Park Community. Your membership also includes our two super social events free for your household with your membership! Also Join or renew and get the new car/ beach buggy/ anywhere sticker for 2022! If you have already renewed/ joined and would like to have a sticker: send a quick email to communication@opcl.org. Please confirm your address so we can get it to you!

What does your $20 annual membership pay for?

Please help support your neighborhood civic league!! Join for the first time or Renew your membership. Payment can be made here on the OPCL web site with PayPal or use a credit card with CheddarUp : OPCL.org-Join or Renew. Or you can send a check by mail to: OPCL PO Box 55385 Virginia Beach, VA 23471.

Civic league budget pays for the costs of getting information out – website costs, email blast Mailchimp services, snail mail post office box, IT services. We make contributions to Lynnhaven River Now, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and we give a four-year $1000 college scholarship every year. In addition, the civic league puts on two social events with great food and fun : the Spring Fling and Fall Fest are free to paid members. Please renew or join today, we depend on you.

Did you get your Ocean Park Newsletter?

The Ocean Park Echo Mini Newsletter should have hit your door late last week. The newsletter is just one of the many ways that OPCL keeps in touch with our neighbors. If you didn’t receive one, let us know so we can find you next time communication@opcl.org. We only publish a few times a year (to save paper!). The rest of the year you can find the latest updates by attending our monthly meetings here is the Calendar and by checking the website opcl.org. A weekly email blast goes out on Tuesdays and you can sign up here opcl sign up for email updates.

Here’s the Scoop on the Beach Replenishment !

At the General Membership meeting Jim White and Dan Adams, project managers for the city, gave confirmed the timeline for the Ocean Park Beach Restoration Project. The dredging activity will begin in April and the sand placement on Ocean Park beach will happen in May-June time frame. You can access the meeting minutes to get all the details about the nuts and bolts of how the Ocean Park project will proceed and an update on the sand stockpile on the Lynnhaven Inlet site (Cape Henry getting some help): February 10 General Meeting Minutes. Here is a video of the presentation at Thursday’s meeting: Ocean Park Beach Nourishment Project Update Feb-10-2022. You can see the project plans: Beach Replenishment Plans.

Replenishment Project at Chesapeake Beach a few years ago.

More Beach Replenishment Questions Answered

At the February OPCL meeting, Dan Adams and Jim White gave an update on the upcoming Ocean Park beach restoration project (February General Meeting Minutes. ) Folks had some follow up questions about the project which is still on schedule: “GLD&D (contractor for the project) maintains that they will begin channel dredging operations the first half of April and will begin beach restoration efforts on Ocean Park Beach by mid-May.”

  • In answer to concerns about the additional erosion (scarping) since the project design: The contractor will add sand to the dunes that have undergone additional scarping prior to commencement of sand placement activities.The reference point for the new dune line is the line shown as ‘BERM CREST’ on the beach fill plan sheets.  The contractor will place sand from the landward limit of the current beach profile and build the beach out to the BERM CREST limit.
  • Re concerns about the outflow pipe for 3556 Shore Dr. near Lesner Bridge: “Public Works Stormwater Operations (PWSO) has worked out an agreement with the 3556 condo to inspect and clean out the 12” pipe when a service request is received.  PWSO checks the pipe periodically when they check other outfalls within the Ocean Park Beach neighborhood.  The beach restoration within the vicinity of the 12” outfall pipe will be constructed such that the pipe is not obstructed.”
  • Regarding the truck haul project to move sand from the Lynnhaven site: “Sand hauls from this site are not new. The city performed annual truck hauls from this site to the Oceanfront for over 20 years prior to the City/USACE Virginia Beach Hurricane Protection Project (VBHPP) beach restoration in 2001.  The primary sand source for the VBHPP is now dredged from Thimble Shoal Channel in the lower Chesapeake Bay. Since 2001, sand truck hauls have been performed as needed to evacuate the site to provide storage capacity and/or to augment sand placement along the Bay Beaches.  As with any project, safety and mitigation of impacts to the community will be addressed in the project plans and specification. The city recently obtained a permit to transfer non beach quality sand from the northern part of the EBLR channel from this site. We plan on using this site for other waterway maintenance activities in the future.”

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