National & local coverage of Floatopia trashing Ocean Park

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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bx97LYnByZ-/?igshid=1w514xgfatsi2

Saturday, June 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. Cox High School 2425 Shorehaven Drive is added to list of Public Meetings

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.

THURS MAR 7th GENERAL MEETING @ OPVRS Meet Councilman Aaron Rouse, Chili Cook Off & more!

JOIN US MARCH 7th THURSDAY @ OPVRS

    Chili Cook-off starts at 7pm. Meeting at 730pm.

Guests include presentations + Q&As from:

    Aaron R. Rouse Councilmember At Large
    Bill Purcell Public Works: Phase 4 & OPVRS intersection upgrades
    Phil Koetter Public Works: Paving, stormwater & more

Learn more about Chili Cook-off here.

New to Ocean Park?

We wrote to Governor Northam requesting his help in setting up a partnership in Ocean Park.

Our January 2019 Letter to Governor Northam.

We were delighted to hear about the recent funding for the Lynnhaven River clean-up efforts, and the partnership developed between the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Lynnhaven River Now. We are particularly interested in promoting efforts to create an aquaculture center to raise the oyster spats right here in Ocean Park. There is probably no other area in the Lynnhaven that already has the infrastructure and the type of moving water needed that would make a better match for this project.

We wrote to VB Public Works Director asking about 7 items for Ocean Park.

Our January 2019 Letter to VB Public Works Director Mark Johnson.

Dear Director Johnson:

Thank you for email replies regarding our questions about internal improvements and maintenance in the Ocean Park area that includes repaving, Phase IV improvement and sand replenishment. We usually post our correspondence and the responses we receive on social media and our website to keep our neighborhood involved and to try to answer their questions.

As a neighborhood, we still have several questions about these ongoing projects and maintenance issues:

    1. Is the repaving of Shore Drive between the Lesner Bridge and Shady Oaks Drive still on schedule for February 2019?
    2. Can the proposed crosswalk at E. Stratford Road and Shore Drive . . .

OPCL is looking for 3 volunteers. You? Join us!

Membership chairperson:

    This position requires no bookkeeping. It is strictly a position for someone who is outgoing and wants to meet OP residents. Perfect volunteer position for a networking opportunity.

At Large Rep board Member:

    This position is a voting Board of Directors appointment.

Government Affairs Chairperson:

    This position is significant for updating the BOD as well as the civic league membership to alert everyone of city and state projects affecting the Bayfront community.

We thought you might be interested in a simple step to help move a bill that will help increase residential and commercial tree canopy throughout VA, in the name of water quality improvement and flood mitigation.

From Tanner:

Delegate Keam’s proposed tree canopy Bill HB 2333 is something we have been looking forward to for some time.

View Bill HB 2333 here.

Why is the legislation needed?
Virginia state code currently limits the amount of canopy a locality may require a developer to plant/replace/preserve.

For example, under current law, for a residential parcel zoned for 10 or fewer units per acre, the locality may not require a tree canopy greater than 20% in 20 years’ time. For a commercial parcel, the maximum tree canopy a locality can require is 10%. That’s right, there is a maximum amount of trees a locality can require to be replaced.

What does HB 2333 do?
It exempts a locality from those caps if they’re using trees to achieve a water quality (i.e. Bay TMDL) or quantity (i.e. flood mitigation) goal.

See this attachment to see how it changes to existing law. (2pg PDF)

What can you do to support this common-sense legislation?
Simple. We are building a consortium of groups to add their names to our sign-on letter of support (see below how to join).

We will share this list with members of the House Counties, Cities and Towns subcommittee to ensure it makes its way to full committee vote.

From there we think it has a good chance of making it to the floor.

To join the sign-on letter all we need is:
Organization, Lead Signatory, and Title. You can see who else is already on board and add your organization to our running list here.

Or just email Tanner at CBF & let me know you are in!

View letter that will be sent that will include list of supporting organizations.

Have capacity to help?
Share this email with others who might be interested — HOAs, civic leagues, local government, tree stewards, healthcare companies, nurseries, tree care companies, botanical gardens, small and large businesses – anyone that has a stake in increasing tree canopy in the Bay watershed.

What is the deadline for signing?
We’ll leave the letter open until the bill is on the House Counties, Cities and Towns subcommittee #2 docket, which could be as early as next Thursday.

Thanks for your consideration. We hope you will join us. Please don’t hesitate to call if I can answer any questions about the bill.

Cheers,

Tanner Council
Hampton Roads Grassroots Manager
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Brock Environmental Center | 757.644.4113

“Therefore, beginning at approximately 1:00 PM and ending some time near 10:00 PM on 10/25/2018 expect East Stratford Road to be CLOSED between Piedmont Circle and Shore Drive and Piedmont Circle to be CLOSED between East Stratford Road and the showers at Lynnhaven Boat Ramp while paving operations are underway.”

From an email:

Folks:

As with every project where there are many players, schedules change – this one is NO EXCEPTION. Some of the paving work that was supposed to have been completed last night wasn’t; therefore, our paving schedule for tomorrow has changed a bit.

Here are the details:

Beginning tomorrow, 10/25/2018 at approximately 9:00 AM and ending at approximately 12:30 PM, the final course of pavement will be placed on Vista Circle between Shore Drive and Cape Henry Drive, as well as Cape Henry Drive from Vista Circle to the entrance to Bubba’s Restaurant. This work will require intermittent street closures of both Vista Circle and Cape Henry Drive, so please plan accordingly.

Paving crews will move to the west side of the bridge (East Stratford Road) immediately after paving is completed on Cape Henry Drive.

Paving work on East Stratford Road and Piedmont Circle will begin tomorrow, Thursday 10/25/2018 at approximately 1:00PM. Therefore, beginning at approximately 1:00 PM and ending some time near 10:00 PM on 10/25/2018 expect East Stratford Road to be CLOSED between Piedmont Circle and Shore Drive and Piedmont Circle to be CLOSED between East Stratford Road and the showers at Lynnhaven Boat Ramp while paving operations are underway. Paving crews will also attempt to pave the RIGHT TURN lane on eastbound Shore Drive at East Stratford Road (the one in front of J&A Racing) during this same time period.

Finally, on Friday 10/26/2018, expect single lane closures on both eastbound and westbound Shore Drive between Vista Circle and East Stratford Road between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. On eastbound Shore Drive crews will be placing the permanent pavement markings on the asphalt pavement between East Stratford Road and Vista Circle. On westbound Shore Drive crews will be working on sidewalk and utility work along the north side of Shore Drive.

We will continue to provide updates on anticipated lane/street closures as we near the final stages of this work.

PLEASE Drive Carefully through this work zone as we complete this work.

Sincerely,
-Chris

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
Email: cwojtowi@vbgov.com

Update about jackhammering & paving by Lesner Bridge & LBR&BF on East Stratford & Shore Drive.

From an email:

Folks:

Hopefully everyone has been enjoying the new eastbound Lesner Bridge since its opening on Labor Day weekend. First of all, I want to apologize to all of you who live in Ocean Park that endured the noise from road work on East Stratford Road in the early morning hours of Monday 10/22 and Tuesday 10/23. Several lines of communication within the project team were broken and resulted in not just one night of disturbance, but two. For that we sincerely apologize to everyone affected.

We scheduled this night time work on East Stratford Road to minimize the disruption of operations of the Lynnhaven Boat Ramp and American Brew. However, in order to minimize the night time noise created by this milling and paving work, we are going to complete the paving work on East Stratford Road and Piedmont Circle during the day on Thursday 10/25/2018. Therefore, beginning at approximately 9:00 AM and ending some time near 6:00 PM on 10/25/2018 expect East Stratford Road to be CLOSED between Piedmont Circle and Shore Drive and Piedmont Circle to be CLOSED between East Stratford Road and the showers at Lynnhaven Boat Ramp while paving operations are underway.

Piedmont Circle Closure at Lynnhaven Boat Ramps for October 25, 2018

Piedmont Circle Closure at East Stratford Road for October 25, 2018

East Stratford Road Closure for October 25, 2018

Paving work is also taking place TONIGHT, 10/23/2018. Beginning tonight about 8:00 PM and lasting until 5:00 AM, road crews will be preparing to place the final asphalt surface course on eastbound Shore Drive located between the bridge and Vista Circle. This paving work will also include the intersection of Shore Drive and Vista Circle, Vista Circle between Shore Drive and Cape Henry Drive, and Cape Henry Drive between Vista Circle and the entrance to Bubba’s Restaurant.

Another update will be sent out once we have a firm schedule for the upcoming paving work for westbound Shore Drive between Page Avenue and East Stratford Road.

Thank you all again for your patience as we push through the final stages of this multi-year project.

Sincerely,
-Chris

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
Email: cwojtowi@vbgov.com

OPCL Membership Meeting Thursday September 6th OPVRS Social Starts at 7pm

Click to view & download 1 page Agenda.

Meeting at OPVRS is beloved Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad located at 3769 Shore Drive.
Please enter from door in rear opposite Shore Drive.

More about the meeting from Andrew:

OPCL September 6th is a very important meeting….

I have invited all the City Council candidates I could find seeking office this year to attend the September 6th OPCL meeting at 7 pm at the OPVRS. Listed below is those attending and not. If anyone knows of other candidiates I have missed or who need a nudge to attend, please have then text me at 757 621 2082. This meeting will NOT be a forum and will not be a Q and A. Each candidate will have a few minutes to speak to one of the oldest and recognized civic leagues in VB.

I have also asked Public Works to present to Ocean Park their plans to provide much needed maintenance schedules and improvements regarding drainage, road repairs and parking issues in Ocean Park. Several staff members will be at this meeting to follow up with a boots on the ground preliminary meetings of these issues on the south side with myself and the north side with Mike Wills. There will be a social half hour and everyone is encouraged to ask candidates any questions at that time.

Attending city council candidates:

    Tim Worst
    Brad Martin
    Louis Jones
    David Nygard
    Gary Hubbard
    Mike Maskell
    Karen Kwansey
    Linda Bright
    Dee Oliver
    Jim Wood
    Tim Worst
    John Coker
    Aaron Rouse
    John Moss
    Suzanne Henderson
    Bobby Dyer
    Kerry Reynolds
    Ben Davenport

Unable to attend:

    Allison White

Haven’t heard back yet:

    Barbara Henley
    John Uhrin
    Pieri Burton

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