Short Term Rentals – New Proposal

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.

Watering, Weeding Wednesday at Seatack Elementary

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

1st Meet & Eat Recap – Thank you so much!

Last night’s Meet & Eat was a huge success! I am so grateful to the amazing support of the Arrowhead - Carolanne Farm neighborhood for coming out and enjoying delicious food and conversation with me and my team!

We’re all in this together.

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.

2020 Campaign Kickoff!

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!

The People’s Budget FY 19-20

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

The Truth Will Prevail in Virginia Beach

Bruce Thompson recently mentioned me in an article and threatened to leave the city entirely if there was a change in leadership on the Virginia Beach City Council. After my response, he then dismissed my opinion, doubled-down and said that I “went nuts” and I am “jealous”.

Are we unable to even gracefully disagree?

2018 Virginia Beach City Council Endorsements

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:

Vote for Change in Virginia Beach

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.