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Protect VB Neighborhoods
‘Event houses’ too much
When I read “For good of the city, support Sandbridge” (letter, July 24), I had to laugh. I lived in Sandbridge from 1971 until 2001. My children were raised in the community. I was a founding member of Friends of Back Bay and served on the board of the Sandbridge Civic League for 14 years, with two terms as president.
I fought hard against changing from septic tanks because I understood that it would alter the area and hurt the environment. I also was concerned about condo zoning. I didn’t realize that the event houses would be built and would become such a detriment to the community.
I own commercial property in Sandbridge, and I still think the quality of life is more important than what appears to me to be corporate greed.
The letter-writer is not listed in the amazing Sandbridge Directory, which leads me to wonder whether he even lives there. If he doesn’t, he isn’t affected by the event houses. In his letter, he mentions “proper oversight” of Sandbridge. But what entity will be charged with “proper oversight” of the event houses?
Sheila Braithwaite Virginia Beach
Oversight for Short Term Rentals in Virginia Beach
As a resident of Sandbridge for over 30 years and Co-Chair for Protect Virginia Beach Neighborhoods, I am pleased to see that the business community of Sandbridge (For the Good of the City, Support Sandbridge, July 24)
is finally realizing the concerns residents have been expressing for the last two years attending public meetings held by the City Council and Ad Hoc Committees that more oversight is needed to control these short term rental
properties not only in Sandbridge but throughout our residential neighborhoods.
The problems and complaints citizens are experiencing in Sandbridge are also being voiced in neighboring communities such as the North End, Croatan, Chicks Beach, and neighborhoods that cater to short term rentals.
The notion that the real estate offices in Sandbridge are quick to respond in most cases may be true however after normal business hours the only recourse is to call the police (non-emergency number) when most of the problems
occur such as noise, fireworks, parking, and other party related issues.
Residential environments with no oversights impact the decisions potential buyers who want to live, retire, invest and vacation in these communities. Vacationers are already expressing that they will not be returning due to the
increase in noise and nightly fireworks and it is not the family environment they were accustomed too.
Sandbridge is no longer " secluded and quiet" as noted in advertisements however, City oversight of short term rentals will make our communities safer and will protect the property values in Sandbridge and other residential
Mary A. Girevendulis Virginia Beach
Feb 3, 2017 — Yesterday, a group of PVBRN members from Sandbridge travelled to Richmond and made a difference. As noted by the Virginian Pilot in today's paper - "Two Beach residents said they’d like to see all short-term rentals be on a register, including those run by real estate companies like those in Sandbridge. One person said the rentals in Sandbridge create the same problems that Airbnbs can sometimes bring."