This past week we switched up our "Meet & Eat" events and instead partnered with Marion Manor and Cheese It Up to provided dozens of meals to front-line nursing home workers and ministers.
City Council has been reviewing the Short Term Rental Ordinance results that went into effect on 01/01/2019. We have heard dozens of applications and vetted each one individually. Having the year and a half experience of individually approving each application has been (in my view) an added value to how we regulate this popular trend of short term rentals in residential districts in our city. As a result of this process Councilman Wood and Councilman Jones have proposed a change to the current Short Term Rental Ordinance that would remove the Conditional Use Permit process. It would create Overlay districts where STR's that exist in these overlays would be considered by-right and not require a public hearing or Council approval to operate. Locations outside of these districts would not be permitted to operate. Council will meet tomorrow to vote on referring this item back to Planning Commission. I am eager to hear your feedback on this proposal and can read full details in the link.
Recently City Council received a briefing from the voter registrar’s office about the upcoming election and the plans to accommodate the new mail-in voting. For the first time ever in Virginia we will have no excuse absentee voting. Virginia's General Assembly has also recently passed measures that will create ballot drop boxes and set aside $2 million for prepaid postage on mail-in ballots. As of 08/18/20 there are 312,170 registered voters, of which approximately 40,000 have already requested an absentee ballot.
And big thanks to the buisness owners and residents that came to ask questions and learn more about our message. We gave away so many yard signs and even got some volunteers to knock doors!
Wednesdays are meant to be celebrated 🎉 #WateringWeedingWednesday @SeatackAADA #seatackdreamers @vbschools pic.twitter.com/tAT1lIYTvO — marie t. culver (@marietculver) August 27, 2020 This school year is shaping to be very different. My husband is preparing to begin his 6th year of teaching at Seatack Elementary School virtually while our son will be entering kindergarten. We are experiencing … Continue reading Watering, Weeding Wednesday at Seatack Elementary
When Councilman Moss and I collaborated again this spring in creating an alternative budget to what our City Manager has given to Council, our priorities have remained steadfast as they did in last year’s budget cycle. Our priorities are:
The people of Virginia Beach have the first right to the wages their family has earned;
The quality of life of the people of Virginia Beach should not be diminished in favor of the seemingly insatiable urge of our representatives to spend frivolously on projects that do not enhance the livability of our community;
The long-term sustainability and livability of the people of Virginia Beach is an utmost consideration and we must take the necessary steps to strengthen the long-term resiliency of our Community for a Lifetime;
The ‘needs’ of the people of Virginia Beach must be budgeted before the ‘wants’ of councilmembers
Virginia Beach is a great place to call home, but we need a better direction moving forward. The upcoming election is crucial to determining the direction of our city: we need to let our voice be heard loud and clear.
I urge Beach residents who also want better government to join me in supporting these candidates who have earned my trust and my support:
Earlier this week, hotelier Bruce Thompson threatened to pull his investments out of our region if there was a “change in leadership” this November. He specifically called me out as well as fellow Councilmembers John Moss and Bobby Dyer, and was disappointed to see our “failure” to recognize the importance of economic development incentives. He mentioned his concern for our city’s future.