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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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Colonial Beach High School to be named new emergency shelter

Colonial Beach is nearing its one year anniversary of three natural disasters that rocked the beach and surrounding area with multiple damages. 

A freak 5.8 earthquake, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee caused considerable damage last August to the Town of Colonial Beach. Inspection of damage caused by the storms to the school’s old two story block building on what is currently the Elementary School Campus, revealed other damage from lack of maintenance, resulting in the school having to vacate the building and eventually build a middle school mod pod behind the high school. 

The two story building served the town as an emergency shelter for many years. 

Recognizing the need for a new shelter, the school board and superintendent are working closely with the council and the town to set up the high school, located on First St., with a generator that was donated from a citizen. 

The citizen purchased a 30 KW generator for his home but it was too large so he donated it to the school. 

Read more: Colonial Beach High School to be named new emergency shelter

What’s on the November ballot in CB?

Colonial Beach election ballots will have many choices in November. 

Aside from the obvious presidential election, residents will be voting for a new mayor and to fill four other vacant seats on town council and voters three write-in candidates for the school board office. 

Presidential elections usually result in more than just two presidential candidates. Kristin M Hicks said that aside from the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates others independents could come up before the election. 

Read more: What’s on the November ballot in CB?

Elderly and disabled residents offered tax discounts

Town Manager Val Foulds handed out copies of ordinances that offer water and sewer discounts as well as real estate tax exemptions to citizens over 65 as well as citizens deemed permanently and totally disabled. 

Town Council held a public hearing and passed ordinance 629 to raise water fees by $10 a month. The raise is necessary to seek funding for two major water and sewer infrastructural capital improvement projects. 

Read more: Elderly and disabled residents offered tax discounts

Record crowds battled the heat to enjoy the fireworks in Colonial Beach

 

Despite the above 100 degree temperatures, spectators came out in droves to watch Colonial Beach’s Independence Day Fireworks. 

Spectators started coming in in the morning hours and by 2 p.m., parking spaces were filling up. People who came to camp out on the beach all day and stake a claim to the best seats in the house made the best of the heat by swimming, sunbathing and picnic-ing. 

Colonial Beach Police Chief Kenneth Blevins Sr. reported the stealth traffic counting report for incoming traffic from 8 a.m. to midnight on July 4, counted 1,830 vehicles coming into town. 

For the holiday weekend, beginning at 8 a.m. July 4 to 8 a.m. July 9, there were 15,703 vehicles recorded entering town on Colonial Ave.

The week prior to July 4 brought record heat and no rain to Colonial Beach, so town officials issued a drought watch, requesting citizens to refrain from all nonessential water use. 

Read more: Record crowds battled the heat to enjoy the fireworks in Colonial Beach

Extreme heat and a severe storm start the summer

As Colonial Beach gears up for Independence Day the heat continues to rise to staggering temperatures, getting as high as 106 around 5:30 p.m. on Friday June 29. 

Friday morning the town issued the following voluntary water restrictions which read, “Due to recent weather conditions and high usage of water reported over the past 24 hours, the town manager has declared a Drought Watch and is requesting all residents voluntarily reduce non-essential water use.”

In a phone interview on Monday morning, Town Manager Val Foulds said the voluntarily restrictions still stand. Foulds said she will watch the water levels closely. 

Read more: Extreme heat and a severe storm start the summer

Boat Parade Winners

Runabouts - Boats 25 feet and below 

1st Mike & Diana Gadwill Happy Our’s

2nd Chris & Deb Up from the Depths

3rd Robin Schick Save the Bay

Cruisers - Boats between 26 and 35 feet

1st Jeffrey & Anne LeeJob Site III

2nd Ray & Linda Johnson The River

3rd Richard & Margaret Racine Good Sun

Yachts - Boats 36 feet and above

1st Mike & Vicky Enos Patriot

2nd Pat & Cindy Allen Bay Monster Two Plus

3rd Bob & Gail Mayer Gail Winds

Special - Best Decorated

1st Pat & Cindy Allen Bay Monster Two Plus

2nd Mike & Diana Gadwill Happy Our’s

3rd Jeffrey & Anne LeeJob Site III

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Water-main break sends rocks flying

 

A water-main sprung a leak when workers from Dominion Power were drilling into the street at the intersection of Hawthorne and Colonial Ave. Thursday morning in Colonial Beach to replace a telephone pole.

The water started to leak out bringing up sand and debris. As the water was forced out, the street began to cave in, eventually leaving a six to seven foot crack and a hole about five feet deep.

As the dirt and rocks were being washed away the pressure shot water out over 25 feet resulting in rocks being hurled through the front windows of the Riverview Inn.

Read more: Water-main break sends rocks flying

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. 

Read more: Building and zoning staff recommends cap on outdoor display/storage

 

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