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Colonial Beach Council proposes real estate tax increase

Colonial Beach Town Council recently held a special meeting on to discuss solutions to balancing the...

Three charged with arson in Colonial Beach school fire

Three charged with arson in Colonial Beach school fire

Virginia State Police have announced the arrest of three suspects in connection with the 2014 fire t...

Earth Day festivities include tree planting

Earth Day festivities include tree planting

Colonial Beach students participated in two events rolled into one on Earth Day.
Ground was broken fo...

Colonial Beach Pier a lure for water lovers

Colonial Beach Pier a lure for water lovers

No matter the season, whatever the weather, the Colonial Beach Municipal Pier remains a top attracti...

Colonial Beach council seeks school demolition estimates

Colonial Beach council seeks school demolition estimates

The Colonial Beach Town Council has voted unanimously to obtain estimates for the demolition of the ...

Colonial Beach fire chief saves MD family from house fire

Colonial Beach fire chief saves MD family from house fire

Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Chief David Robey was on his way to Hughsville, MD when he spotted the...

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CB: Creating the town vision

As summertime arrives and beach businesses gear up for tourist season, the Management Team for the Business District Revitalization Grant is working hard studying ways to improve the economic picture in Colonial Beach.  The team — facilitated by Carol Rizzo of Land Studio, PC — is composed of volunteers including local business representatives, town residents, local government, and representatives from non-profit and philanthropic groups.

The team met on Monday, May 23, and continued to create a vision statement that succinctly describes the amenities of the town

and how to effectively market the town’s natural resources to promote economic growth. 

Over the last two years, residents have spoken out, returned surveys and participated at several public meetings expressing their concerns and vision for the future of the beach.  All of the residents’  suggestions and concerns have been studied and compiled.  The end result points to improving the boardwalk and Colonial Avenue as the first target area for economic improvement.  In 2012 a 300-plus page grant application will be sent to the U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development.  

The management team is voluntary, meets every other week and is tasked with taking the citizens’ input  and creating a workable plan to complete and market improvement projects in the downtown revitalization area.  Currently there are approximately 15 team members who are committed to the task.

As the team reviews and assesses the town’s amenities and opportunities for increased economic development, several marketable amenities rise to the top, including the scenic river waterfront, the boardwalk, the rich historical nature of the town, recreational opportunities, and the vibrant arts community.

The grant application process requires the town complete a locally funded improvement project.  The team chose the grassy area across from the Wilder parking lot that contains public restrooms and picnic tables.  The town recently rehabilitated the public restrooms and volunteers from the Art Guild painted a mural on the side of the building.  The team agreed to recommend the town continue the improvements there by upgrading the outdoor shower area with a concrete pad.  The team also will recommend improved landscaping with an eye to framing the grassy area.  The project is being documented and will become part of the grant application.

 

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