This area is one of the last remaining, natural, open space wetlands at the Chesapeake Bayfront
and it is about to be destroyed and lost forever after excavation, bulk-heading and then burial underneath of up to 7-10
feet of development landfill. This will kill and displace every single living species of wildlife, migratory bird, and marine-aquatic
life within the RMA & RPA protected buffers that are spread all along and throughout the 70 acres of wooded-wetland
within this estuarine watershed refuge.
This area lies along Shore Drive and Marlin Bay Drive. It is without a doubt, one of the most beautiful
and natural coastal areas at the Chesapeake Bayfront that has not been lost. It is home and refuge to numerous wildlife
including: foxes, migratory birds, herons, hawks, owls, turtles, mussels, oysters, and a variety of fish in the outlying tidal
water of the creek and Lynnhaven River watershed and Chesapeake beach areas.
wooded-wetland area is as equally beautiful and naturally pristine as our First Landing-Seashore
State Park and Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge as you will soon see! AND.... it is the LAST
such area remaining in this narrow Bayfront-Beach corridor. This open space, wetland has been, for over 3 years, the
#1 area cited by the city to aquire and preserve within the Comprehensive Plan because of its natural beauty, and importance to
the community living within the Bayfront corridor.
VICTORY!! In its first review and vote, the Wetlands Board DENIED
permit for the proposed development refusing to accept the "destruction of wetlands for profit". Thank you to
everyone who has been involved and will join us in the future!
VMRC's own staff report rejects the appeal-argument
by applicant-developer as an advisory recc.- June 25th, 2007
VMRC (Commission/Bowman) re-called the"play" and referee'd
their own call giving this one to the other team based on what they believed to be public benefit and worthwhile wetlands.....Stay
Tuned for More.
VICTORY! Thank you VA Beach City Council
who decided that VMRC's decision was improper, violates their own regulations and has appealed to the Circuit Court to reinstate
the Wetlands decision.
DEQ has issued a public notice for review of a draft
permit for this project and is seeking public opinion. An open public meeting that was scheduled at DEQ's office
in Richmond for July 28th has now been moved to October 2008. This was due to the tremendous amount of opponent
information and factual evidence submitted against this project that must now be reviewed
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, DCR/Chesapeake
Bay Local Assistance/Authority (a Commonwealth of VA State Agency), and LynnhavenRiverNOW
have all stated a complete rejection of this project given its violation of current law and most certain impact
to the watershed and it's natural resources. Essentially, they have not "fully" avoided and minimized destruction (federal
law) claiming their project's size is neccessary.
DEQ has now received a request from the developer to defer the
hearing-review until an unknown date. It appears that the evidence against the project is now overwhelming
Army Corps of Engineers has issued a Request for Public Comment
(deadline: Jan 16, 2009) for Indigo Dunes, CENAO-REG NAO-2006-8285 (VMRC 06-V2601) Please
be sure to send your email-letter to them at Kathryn.A.Edgar@usace.army.mil Lynette.R.Rhodes@usace.army.mil
SUCCESS!! It's over. Indigo Dunes has died a final death after
objection, obstruction and refusal of a local community to lay down and see the laws of the bayfront and wetland areas bulldozed
We are greatful that the city has decided to enter into a plan with the community, local
conservation projects and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to begin formally aquiring this land area for restoration and preservation.
The beautiful new Brock Center at the preserved Please House Point Natural park area is a testament to what a community can
do together. Thank you City of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake Bay Foundation and all other key people involved in this!
Thank you to everyone and praise God!