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Harley Davidson motorcycle to be given to sheriff's office at CB grand opening

All American Harley Davidson of Hughesville, Md., which opened a store in Colonial Beach last year, ...

Beach planning commission wrestles with possible murals regulations

At its regular August meeting last week, the Colonial Beach planning commission wrestled with whethe...

Crepe Myrtle fails to make Colonial Beach's landscaping list

Pity the poor crepe myrtle.  

When Robert Busick, a member of the Colonial Beach Planning Comm...

Recent weather yields stunning sights

Recent weather yields stunning sights

The recent, hot humid weather has produced a series of breathtaking sunrises over the Potomac River,...

Traveling Colonial Beach photographer captures vibrant digital images

Traveling Colonial Beach photographer captures vibrant digital images

Rob Rudick, a talented international photographer from Colonial Beach, travels the country and the w...

Wildlife Center educates and entertains children at Colonial Beach library

Wildlife Center educates and entertains children at Colonial Beach library

Wilson, a box turtle; Quinn, a great horned owl; and Delphine, a blind opossum were the star attract...

 

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Town gets down to business

Colonial Beach Town Manager Val Foulds updated the council on recent issues at the Thursday session of the Town Council work session.

Town staff is working on next fiscal year’s budget, which begins July 1. Foulds reported that town staff participated in a four-hour workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 26, to review revenue projections only.

Read more: Town gets down to business

First council meeting of 2013 brings procedural changes

The new council wasted no time making significant changes to procedures for council meetings. Mayor Mike Ham allowed speakers more time at the podium and even allowed one speaker to identify various citizens by name, some the speaker complimented and others the speaker openly attacked, an activity that had been prohibited by former Mayor Fred Rummage. Later Ham commented, “That’s the price we pay for freedom of speech.”

Read more: First council meeting of 2013 brings procedural changes

Colonial Beach Police Chief Blevins resigns

Council appoints Captain William Seay Interim Chief

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Councilman Tommy Edwards abstained from the vote to accept Blevins' resignation but voted for Seay's appointment to interim Chief of Police.

Colonial Beach Chief of Police Kenneth Blevins, Sr. walked out of Town Center after attending a closed meeting with Council and Town Manager Val Foulds. Blevins collected his belongings from his normal seat and left the building without speaking to anyone.

Read more: Colonial Beach Police Chief Blevins resigns

Council will pay for fire watch services

Council action will keep residents from being evicted on Christmas eve

Colonial Beach Town Council held an emergency meeting on Sunday, Dec. 23 after officials were informed that Building Inspector Dextor Monroe was notified by the owner of the Beachgate Inn that he intended to to stop payment for fire watch services at the inn.

Read more: Council will pay for fire watch services

New businesses hoping to open in Classic Shores

Home-based businesses popping up in the numbered streets

Two enterprising business women may be setting a precedent for starting businesses in the numbered streets. Although the town has a business district along Colonial Ave. and Washington, the Comprehensive Plan allows for small home-based businesses throughout neighborhoods in town as long as they are not disruptive to quiet living.

Read more: New businesses hoping to open in Classic Shores

Beach Committee Meetings reveal plans for Town

Relocating Town Hall

Public Works Committee Chair, Gary Seeber began his meeting with, “We are looking into relocating town hall.”

A memo to the town council and public works committee from Town Manager, Val Foulds, dated August 8, 2012 outlines some of the physical problems that exist in town hall. 

Read more: Beach Committee Meetings reveal plans for Town

CB seeks funds to pave Stratford St. and Forest Ave.

Colonial Beach Town Council approved a resolution allowing the town manager to apply for an allocation of funds through the Virginia Department of Transportation fiscal year 2013-14 revenue sharing program.

If accepted the state will allocate $275,000 to be matched with an equivalent amount from the town for construction projects, to include drainage and paving to two unpaved roads, Stratford St. from Santa Maria to Stratford Circle and Forest Ave. from Stratford St. to Linda Ln. in Colonial Beach. 

Read more: CB seeks funds to pave Stratford St. and Forest Ave.

Beach restaurant lobbies for loitering ordinance

Bryan and Vickie Coffman, owners of High Tides Restaurant located at 205 Taylor St. on the boardwalk, spoke at the Colonial Beach committee meeting requesting a no loitering ordinance be put in place by next summer. 

Vicky Coffman told council members that they spend thousands of dollars on advertisement to bring customers and entertainment to Colonial Beach. Coffman’s main complaint is loitering on the boardwalk from Colonial Ave. to the tourism building. 

Coffman claimed that police have been unable to deal with the problem because they have no legal recourse to force people to move on and council deliberated for roughly 20 minutes with some members of council saying there is a need for loitering laws. 

Read more: Beach restaurant lobbies for loitering ordinance

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