This month, City Council adopted the Sea Level Wise Adaptation Strategy into the Virginia Beach Comprehensive Plan. I have long been an advocate of a more comprehensive, long-term flooding mitigation plan for the city and I am excited that an overarching strategy has been formulated. Future flooding events will have wide-ranging impacts on our infrastructure, … Continue reading Sea Level Wise Adaptation Strategy
This past Council meeting, we were briefed about the Convention & Visitors Bureau. In our Council retreat meeting in February earlier this year, we received an analysis for recommendations for the management of the Convention & Visitors Bureau, which included the establishment of a Community Task Force. The purpose of this group is to evaluate … Continue reading Convention & Visitors Bureau Task Force
City Council has just voted to appoint Patrick Duhaney as the next City Manager of Virginia Beach, effective July 20th. After our past city manager’s resignation, we as a City Council delved into several discussions about what we’d like to see in our next city manager - integrity, trustworthiness, and competence. We conducted a national … Continue reading Patrick Duhaney: New City Manager of Virginia Beach
With all of what’s been happening worldwide, those of us with young children know that eventually they will be exposed to current events - even those that are difficult to confront or explain. We also understand that it is our responsibility as parents to teach them about what’s happening in a world that they, too, … Continue reading We’re all in this together.
I visited Building 2 this morning to pay my respects to those who lost their lives one year ago. My heart aches for everyone who mourns this loss. Know that our community is with you, we stand with you, and we support you. Together we remember and together we are #VBStrong May 31 will be … Continue reading Together we remember
After this busy week, watching the sunset on the beautiful Pungo Ferry Landing Park with my family really put things in perspective. The past few months have been a difficult time for our community, but this has also provided an opportunity to notice the serene beauty of the place where we call home. City … Continue reading FY 20/21 Budget and Phase 1 Reopening
Earlier this week, I sent a letter to my colleagues outlining my top priorities for the budget, and have since spoken with several members, but I am most interested in hearing from you. After having heard from many members of the community and having done my own review and research, I have categorized my concerns … Continue reading Update on the City Manager’s Revised Proposed FY 20-21 Budget
Council was given the FY 20-21 Budget from the City Manager, which was revised to reflect the budgetary impacts of COVID-19. Like other communities across the Commonwealth and the nation, our city is faced with a very complex balancing of needs and services. And like many of our residents’ own households, it appears that some … Continue reading Thoughts on the FY 20-21 Budget
Join me for my 2020 Re-Election Kickoff! As a small business owner, the wife of a Seatack Elementary teacher and mother of two, I've worked to bring a refreshing perspective balanced with an understanding of the challenges facing families. Four years ago at the age of 27, I became the youngest person ever elected in … Continue reading 2020 Campaign Kickoff!
As we say goodbye to 2019 and welcome 2020, I wanted to take a moment for well wishes and reflection. 2019 was a challenging year in many ways and I know many of us were eager to see it come to an end, but I hope we are all looking to the bright future ahead … Continue reading Welcome 2020