July 8, 2008

The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va., Pilot Warrior Column

By John Warren, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va.

Jul. 8--A STORM is brewing on Virginia Beach's North End, but don't batten down the shutters. It's raining citations.

Last week, The Warrior is told, police issued more than 50 notices to residents for illegal "no parking" signs and other attempts to block parking nearby their homes.

The North End can be a beachgoers' nightmare. It's a hodge podge of unofficial "no parking" signs, extra-wide driveways, car-crowding shrubs and orange traffic cones. The residents often claim their property is overrun with trash from the visitors.

The Warrior has written about the issue before, most recently June 10. Virginia Coastal Access Now took up the charge in October, sending a list to Beach officials of 16 top offenders.

Last time we visited, VCAN President Mark Feltner had concluded the city wasn't "motivated to address this issue." Thirteen of the 16 offenders he spotlighted still had their makeshift "no parking" restrictions in place.

Then last week, about 50 violation notices were issued between 42nd and 89th streets. If the signs or barricades aren't removed within 10 days, the city will remove them, said Mike Shahsiah, a traffic engineer.

Feltner is pleased, even if the cited residents aren't.

"One in the win column," he told me. He's still troubled by the "creative landscaping" and yard-consuming driveways, which serve to block beachgoers from finding a parking space.

The Warrior will continue to follow the issue.

Watch out!

I-64, Battlefield Boulevard

There will be a lane shift on Interstate 64 East at Exit 289-Greenbrier Parkway today. The existing outside lanes will now provide access to Battlefield Boulevard Exit 290 and I-64 East. One lane of traffic from I-64 East will be shifted from the main interstate to outside lanes. Battlefield Boulevard traffic must exit at Greenbrier and head to Battlefield in the designated outside lane.

This work is part of the I-64 Battlefield Boulevard project, set for completion in July 2009.


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