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CB Council approves 6-cent tax increase

The Colonial Beach Town Council has voted 6-1 to raise the real estate tax rate by 6 cents. Councilw...

Potomac Riverfest draws big crowds to Colonial Beach

Potomac Riverfest draws big crowds to Colonial Beach

With skyrockets, sailing yachts and St. Barnards, the 64th Annual Potomac Riverfest wrapped up Satur...

CB School Board paves path for free lunches for all students

The Colonial Beach School Board took steps at its June 10 meeting to provide free breakfast and lunc...

Council moves forward on school demolition

The Colonial Beach Town Council has passed a resolution authorizing Mayor Mike Ham to execute an agr...

64th annual Potomac River Festival set for weekend

64th annual Potomac River Festival set for weekend

Get set for a swinging time this weekend as the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts the 64th an...

Col. Beach senior wins Allstate Award

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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

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

 

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