Big plans await Virginia Beach’s Lynnhaven Inlet

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Kristin Mazur, project manager for the Norfolk District Lynnhaven Inlet Jetties Navigation Project with the city of Virginia Beach, Va., explains the federal interest determination study process and timetable, Oct. 19, 2012, to add a 1,000-foot jetty in front of the Lesner Bridge.

Kristin Mazur, project manager for the Norfolk District Lynnhaven Inlet Jetties Navigation Project with the city of Virginia Beach, Va., explains the federal interest determination study process and timetable, Oct. 19, 2012, to add a 1,000-foot jetty in front of the Lesner Bridge.  (Photo by Pamela Spaugy)

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Big plans await Virginia Beach’s Lynnhaven Inlet

Posted 10/23/2012

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By Gerald Rogers     Norfolk District Public Affairs Office

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – In a continuing effort to reduce annual costs associated with maintaining federal navigation channels in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a federal interest determination study at the entrance of the Lynnhaven Inlet.

The federal study will determine if jetties or a combination of coastal structures is cost-effective in reducing critical shoaling and annual costs of maintaining the navigation channel, as well as reducing damages incurred on structures in the channel due to continuous wave action.

Each year, the Lynnhaven Inlet, located on the Chesapeake Bay within the city of Virginia Beach, Va., requires annual dredging of dangerous shoaling and full maintenance-dredging about every three years.

The navigation project provides access to the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean for commercial fishing vessels,  charter fishing boats, head boats, provides access for pilots who support the deep draft navigation channels as well as a wide variety of recreational vessels, said Kristin Mazur, project manager for Norfolk District.

“The inlet is used by the pilot boats for both the Virginia and Maryland stations based inside the inlet to transport pilots from their dock to deep draft ships entering the Chesapeake Bay,” Mazur said.

Once a determination is made that there is federal interest, Mazur will gain approval from the North Atlantic Division office and execute a signed Federal Cost Sharing Agreement with the local sponsor. “Next, we’ll study a number of coastal structural alternatives, using newfound and previously documented data that helps us develop an economically justified, engineering feasible and environmentally acceptable plan,” Mazur said.

The Lynnhaven Inlet Jetties Federal Navigation Project is a Continuing Authorities Program, or CAP, Section 107 Navigation Project, authorized by the River and Harbor Act of Oct. 23, 1962.

At the request of local interests, Corps assistance in developing and implementing solutions to water resources problems is available under one of two Congressional authorities. Problems which are large in scope require specific Congressional authorization; however, in instances where problems are generally “small” in scope, the Corps may act directly and more quickly under its Continuing Authorities Program.

Once the feasibility study is completed, Mazur’s project delivery team will prepare a Detailed Project Report that captures all data and recommendations, including proposed cost-sharing of project design and construction with the project’s co-sponsor, the city of Virginia Beach.

“Right now we anticipate a 50-50 cost share participation with the local sponsor, the city of Virginia Beach and the federal government, for the feasibility study,” Mazur said. “The first $100,000 of the costs, which is used for determining the proposed project’s federal interest, is 100 percent federally funded.”

Meantime, the city of Virginia Beach is developing plans to replace the old Lesner Bridge, which spans the Lynnhaven Inlet off of the Chesapeake Bay. Though recent rehabilitation and current maintenance have extended the life of the bridge, the harsh marine environment has caused extensive corrosion to portions of the existing bridge and made it structurally deficient and functionally obsolete.

The proposed twin replacement bridges will each feature a 53-foot eight-inch wide deck that will accommodate two lanes of traffic, with appropriate shoulders on each side and a multi-use path in each direction.

Frank Boterdo, a resident of Virginia Beach and a U.S. Navy retiree, fishes along the Lynnhaven Inlet beachfront.

“The bridge definitely needs replacement, and I hope the Corps’ plans to reduce shoaling in the inlet won’t drive the fish away,” Boterdo said. “I’ve been fishing this waterway for years and the fish are plentiful. If your study ends up better protecting the shoreline from erosion and our ability to fish, then that’s a great improvement.”

The Lynnhaven Inlet Jetties Federal Navigation Project will include a comprehensive environmental assessment that addresses all compliance issues required by the National Environmental Policy Act, The Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act.

Once the city’s plans are finalized for the new Lesner Bridge, Mazur said, her team will be better positioned to determine and recommend which types of coastal structures will most benefit the new Lynnhaven Inlet footprint.

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Dredge Spoils Site – hearing w/City Council 9/7/2011


This Wednesday, Sept 7 at 2 PM in Virginia Beach City Council Chambers (Second Floor Bldg 1), the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) will hear public comment on whether the Maple Street transfer site should become a permanent transfer site for non-beach grade dredged spoils.  As you know, this site has been used in the past when the Corps of Engineers was dredging the channel to keep it open for navigation.  This was a hydraulic dredge process that would occur for a couple of weeks every couple of years.  This dredging produced beach quality sand which was spread on our beaches along Cape Henry.  What the city is proposing now is to dredge residential tidal areas that have filled in with street silt and make them “deep water access”. These tidal areas will be dredged mechanically, have the spoils placed on a 20-40 cubic yard floating hopper, barge and then transported to one of two sites as of now (Maple St. and Thalia/VB Blvd). The city has proposed other sites for mechanical transfer, but as of now, only Maple St and Thalia are being established as transfer sites.  This mechanical operation is beyond the current permit for Maple St, because this is not beach quality sand and the spoils can not be deposited at Maple Street, Crab Creek (Lesner Bridge area) without a lot more permitting and approvals. This is key to this BZA meeting this Wednesday.  The city would like to say it is within CURRENT zoning limitations for the site, while we firmly believe that it exceeds R7.5 zoning (Residential) as it is presently zoned.  This meeting will determine whether residential zoning laws prevail, or the city changes it to a permanent  industrial transfer site.  This is big. If the city has their way, it could forever change Long Creek. Will the city control and enforce safety rules for barge traffic on Long Creek?  Look how well the city enforces current OSHA safety rules concerning harnesses worn by workers doing second story roofing.  Just my point.  We need your support in this meeting.

Email me if you have questions.  It is just our neighborhood way of life and safety that is in hazard.

The SDCC Position Statement Letter can be viewed on at this link

Your neighbor,

David Williams
SDCC President

PLEASE CHECK for documented discussions on this major issue that will impact us.  We need your support in City Council Chambers 7 Sept at 2 PM.  This is really important.

Shore Drive Community Coalition
2260 First Landing Lane
Virginia Beach Virginia  23451
United States

Oct 9th-Street Party at Pleasure House Point

Street Party at Pleasure House Point. Saturday, 1 – 5 p.m. October 9 at the foot of Marlin Bay Drive. Live entertainment, exhibits, merchandise, and more. Time is short for saving this property from development. Marlin Bay Drive will be closed from Marlin Bay Court south to the turn onto Chesterfield. Party right next to the property and see what makes this effort so vital. For more information about the deal, visit or

Flyer for this event is at this link:

Please note that sections of Marlin Bay Drive will be closed to automobile traffic that day.


ABC hearing re: lifting restrictions on Don Julio’s license

Ocean Park Neighbors,

                Don Julios restaurant has made an application to the ABC to have the restrictions to their license removed.  The hearing is next Wednesday, August 18th at 3:00 p.m. at the Virginia ABC building, 1103 South Military Highway, Chesapeake, VA 23320.  This was discussed at our meeting last November, and the membership confirmed at the time that this is something we are still against.  The location that Don Julios is at has a long history, and the short of it is that the ABC license at that location was granted with some restrictions, specifically that they have to close by midnight and that they cannot have live entertainment.   Now since that license was issued the only thing that has changed is the ownership.  The location is still very close to private residences, which those restrictions were put in place to protect.  The reason that the restrictions were put in place is that Ocean Park residences showed up in force to the ABC hearing to let the them know that we didn’t want this unrestricted ABC licensed bar in our back yard (and for some it is literally in their back yards).  The only way we can ensure the restrictions to this license won’t be lifted is again to show up in force.  I will  be there, and I hope to see many of you there also.    

Rick Mercadante


Ocean Park Civic League


Flag Day Event

Monday, June 14, beginning at 6:45 p.m.
Bring lawn chairs and blankets, pack a snack and plan on having a great time on the lawn of the historic Francis Land House. The Eastern Virginia Brass presents Star Spangled Brass.
            In celebration of Flag Day and sponsored by the NSDAR, Lynnhaven Parish Chapter, the members of the quintet perform a rousing concert of American music. Enjoy the marches of Sousa and Fillmore, feel the melancholy of authentic Civil War music and tap your toes to a little American jazz. 
A ceremony precedes the concert with:
·         Americans across the nation “Pause for the Pledge”
·         Kemps Landing Magnet School & NJROTC
·         Flag disposal ceremony
The program is FREE and open to the public. For information contact the Francis Land House, 3131 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23452-6923, (757) 385-5100 or Marlene Ford at 757-340-6406

Midnight Madness Adopt-A-Thon (VB Animal Control) 3/20/10

Catch Midnight Madness!
Friends of Virginia Beach Animal Control Announces
3rd Annual Adopt-A-Thon
Virginia Beach, Virginia – 16 March 2010 – The Friends of Virginia Beach Animal Control (FOVBAC) hopes to see you this Saturday evening at the Virginia Beach Animal Control shelter for the 3rd Annual Midnight Madness Adopt-A-Thon.

“Families are so busy this time of year, so we’re hoping that the extended hours of this event will accommodate more schedules,” said Leigh Penner, FOVBAC’s president and founder.  “There are so many sweet, wonderful animals at the shelter right now that are in urgent need of a forever home.  And Midnight Madness is always a fun event. There will be special gifts for “Dog of the Night” and “Cat of the Night” and some great prizes giveaways, including a $50 gift card to Outback Steak House for one lucky adopter!”

Some adopters will receive gift cards from Care-A-Lot and Pet Smart.  Paws and Purrs will offer free grooming for six adopted dogs during the event.  Additionally, the Virginia Beach Animal Control Shelter will offer $5 rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats from 5 – 7 pm.  Staff and volunteers will be available to answer any questions you have and help you find a special new addition to your family.
Mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual Midnight Madness! 

Saturday March 20
5pm – Midnight
Virginia Beach Animal Control
2665 Leroy Road, Virginia Beach, VA
The Friends of Virginia Beach Animal Control was founded by caring and concerned citizens of Virginia Beach to help the animals in our municipal shelter.  Each year, the City of Virginia Beach takes in thousands of unwanted, stray and surrendered animals to its municipal animal shelter.

Please visit our Web site to view adoptable pets, learn more about our organization and how you can help.

Hampton Roads center for Civic Engagement

Civic Summit Set for April 10 and You’re Invited!
–Hampton Roads citizens to gather for 2nd annual civic engagement summit
“Today’s challenges require the informed participation of the public and government organizations that are proactive about the engagement of their citizens.”

—Jim Oliver, HRCCE Chair

We hope you’re planning to join us for the 2nd Annual Civic Engagement Summit, Searching for Citizenship, which will take place at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, April 10, 2010. The half-day summit will feature two nationally-known speakers with deep ties to Hampton Roads.

Bob O’Neill, executive director of the ICMA (International City/County Management Association), is a former Hampton city manager; and Bill Schneider, former CNN senior political analyst, is from Portsmouth.

Presenting Sponsor:

Towne Bank


Saturday, April 10, 2010

8:30 a.m. – Gathering for coffee
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. –  Program
    Democracy is feeling pretty messy these days.

  • We will talk about that and where citizens fit into problem-solving.
  • The Citizens Information and Communication Team will bring the results of the information and trust work started by the attendees of last year’s summit.
  • Working together, we will start the dialogue on accountability and civic engagement.
Admission to the summit is free, but registration is required.

You can register by clicking on the button above, or on the HRCCE Website.

You can download our flier for the event by clicking HERE

Bob O'NeillRobert J. “Bob” O’Neill

Executive Director, ICMA (International City/County Management Association). Bob O’Neill is well-known in Hampton Roads and in the country as a leading advocate for excellence in government. ICMA is on the frontline of the changing relationship between government and citizens.

Bill SchneiderBill Schneider

Hirst Professor & Senior Fellow and Resident Scholar, Third Way Author, scholar and former CNN senior political analyst, Mr. Schneider is also a Portsmouth native. He has been called “the Aristotle of American politics.” In 1997, Washingtonian magazine named Schneider one of the 50 most influential Washington journalists.

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Hampton Roads Convention Center
1610 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, VA 23666-4350
(757) 315-1610

HRCCEAbout Hampton Roads Center for Civic Engagement:

The mission of the Center is to support sustainable deliberative democracy in Hampton Roads and to connect public decision making with civil dialogue and the informed judgment of the region’s citizens.

Community Partners:

HRP WHRO Planning Council

City Manager budget presentation. What about Shore Drive?

City Budget set to go to City Council.  What share will Shore Drive get?

The City Manager will deliver the 2011-2012 budget no later than March 23.  Vice Mayor Louis Jones and City Councilman Jim Wood have agreed to come to the March 29 meeting of the Shore Drive Community Coalition, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Station, to give us some idea of what stays in the budget and what goes, as it relates to us.

City Council will offer their recommended modifications to the City Manager and vote on the final budget sometime in May.  Now is the time to hear and see what they will be looking to modify.  And to give our City Council representative our opinions.

If you don’t make another meeting this year, this is the one not to miss!  Visit for more details as they become available.

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