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

“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

“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

“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

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

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Just one of the many videos on social media.

BAC Outreach Meeting Thursday June 20th

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 eeting 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)H

High Priority Project Items

Funding Phase IV roadway improvements ( Shady Oaks to west base of Lesner bridge )
Water issues
Dewberry/Sea Level Rise Study
City Marina Development
City Wharf/Osprey Park
Pedestrian walkway under bridge (from Vista Circle to Page Avenue)
Sand replenishment
Cape Henry
Ocean Park Beach
Crab Creek
Infill development
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

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

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.

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HRT Route 35 starts May 19th

Route 35 connects to:

Ride the Bayfront shuttle to First Landing State Park, North End beaches, and all the wonderful bayfront restaurants on Shore Drive. The Bayfront shuttle serves the same locations as last year, and now connects to Routes 1, 22, 27 and 29 at Pleasure House. The service to Rudee Inlet allows visitors to skip the challenge of summer driving and parking, while still enjoying the marinas, amazing seafood restaurants, and variety of aquatic adventures.

May 20 – Labor Day, 8:00 a.m. until Midnight.
Daily every 30 minutes.

Sept 7 – Sept 30 – every 30 minutes.
Fri – Sat – Sun, 8:00 a.m. until Midnight.

Check out the details at



    The Lyons were lifelong members of the Ocean Park Civic League and dedicated a good portion of their free time to serving the community in which they lived. They were especially committed to supporting the Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad which was the first all volunteer rescue squad established in Virginia Beach and that is still in operation today on Shore Drive. This scholarship recognizes student achievement and encourages community volunteerism.

Mail complete application by March 31, 2019 to:

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


    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.

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