Friday, July 14, 2006

South Hampton Roads Legislation

Chesapeake – Belharbour Station at SoNo, a proposed mixed use development containing 350 condos, 230 apartments and 150,000 square feet of commercial and retail space, received the approval of the city’s Planning Commission this week. The project will require City Council approval later this month or early next month. If approved, Belharbour Station at SoNo will be developed on a piece of property on the Elizabeth River near I-464 and the Norfolk city line.

Norfolk – The city has released detailed information regarding their real estate tax relief program. Details are available at http://www.norfolk.gov/ on the main page. Also, City Council has elected Councilman Paul Riddick as the city’s new Vice Mayor.

Suffolk – Suffolk City Council fired their City Manager, Steve Herbert, this week. City Council appointed Assistant City Manager of Operations Jim Vacalis the interim city manager pending a national search.

Virginia Beach – Virginia Beach became the first locality in south Hampton Roads to move its City Council elections from May to November. Therefore, the May 2008 elections will now be held in November 2008.

Virginia Real Estate Board – The Real Estate Board has officially updated the real estate disclosure and disclaimer statements to reflect changes made during the 2006 General Assembly Session and will post the new versions on their website in the next few days.
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Summer Breeze Concerts

Dave and I discovered the Summer Breeze Concerts at Merchants Square in Williamsburg by chance a couple of years ago and it remains one of our most enjoyable summer activities. Free concerts are held on the square weekly during July and August. You can bring your lawn chairs and coolers and tailgate it, or do as we do and enjoy a light dinner and wine on the patio at The Trellis. The folks at The Trellis are wonderful and let us hang out there all evening. We never feel like we have to move so they can turn over the table...of course, we do make it worth their while! One of our favorite parts of the evening is watching the little ones dance to the music. It makes you wonder how there can be anything wrong in the world!

We recommend you experience these pleasant low-key evenings for yourselves. But, leave early and get through the tunnel before rush hour starts!
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