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Building and zoning staff recommends cap on outdoor display/storage

The  Colonial Beach Planning Commission sent a favorable recommendation to the council to increase the amount of outdoor display/storage that businesses could utilize, but following building and zoning staff's recommendation, the commission agrees a cap should be placed on businesses. 

The cap was recommended because building and zoning staff warns that if, in the future, a super store moves in, the outdoor display/storage could have a major impact on the appearance of the business and likewise on the town. 

The current zoning ordinance, Article 8,  limits outdoor storage to 5% of the total gross floor area of the business structure. The amendment would allow up to 30% of the total gross floor space but Gary Mitchell, Director of Building and Zoning, recommends putting a cap on outdoor display. 

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Revitalization team still hard at work

The Colonial Beach Business District Revitalization Management Team held a meeting on May 23 to discuss the progress of the town’s Community Development Block Grant application (CDBG) and two other grants the town is seeking, to improve the business district in Colonial Beach. 

The town’s CDBG application is currently under review by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and decisions for awarding these types of grants are expected this month. 

Read more: Revitalization team still hard at work

CB prepares for traffic and parking disruptions for special events

Torch Run

Colonial Beach Police Department (CBPD) will host a portion of the Virginia Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run on Wednesday June 6. 

The run will start in Montross at 9 a.m. and will continue in Colonial Beach at 11 a.m. starting on Washington Ave. at Hunan Diner, traveling south on Washington Ave., turning left onto Boundary, then right on Irving Ave.

They will continue south on Irving Ave. to Thackery St. where they will turn around and return north on Irving Ave. down Beach Terrace to the boardwalk. 

They will continue on the boardwalk to Colonial Ave. at the Beach Inn Hotel then onto Town Hill ending at the stage.

There will be no streets closed during this event but police will have emergency vehicle escorts at the beginning of the runners and at the end. 

Read more: CB prepares for traffic and parking disruptions for special events

Memorial Day at the Beach

Loved ones, friends, residents and military organizations gathered to pay tribute to fallen soldiers from our town that paid the ultimate price for our freedom. 

The first Memorial Day service I attended for a newspaper over 20 years ago, the weather was cold, windy and wet. My thoughts strayed from the speaker to the men and women who fought under much harsher weather conditions in Vietnam, fighting in fox holes and enduring heavy rains flooding in the cold jungles. Today it seemed ironic that our more recent fallen soldiers have been fighting in harsh 

Read more: Memorial Day at the Beach

Tri-County Task force thwarts gang activity

The Tri County Task force has served warrants on two more individuals, Dwayne C. West 27 of Colonial Beach and Hayes J. Johnson, 30 of Hague as a part of Operation Impact.

Both individuals were incarcerated at the time and are being held without bond at the Northern Neck Regional Jail. West and Johnson will come before the Westmoreland Circuit Court on June 1.

West has been charged with two counts of actively participating in a street gang, namely “Pound Property”.  

Pound Property has been listed on the State Police Website as a gang for years according to Chief Kenneth Blevins Sr.

Read more: Tri-County Task force thwarts gang activity

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