People who love PHP and want to ensure 100% of it is preserved are attending City Council meeting Tuesday Nov13

You’ve heard about the horrible possibility of the proposed 40 foot wide Marlin Bay extension and the building on duplexes on an area of PHP you thought was preserved?

From a very concerned neighbor who is attending tomorrow night’s City Council Meeting:

Dear Citizens,

Your attendance is requested at the City Council meeting this Tuesday 11/13/2012 at 6pm Bldg 1 2nd floor in support of blocking construction of Marlin Bay Drive Extension and the remaining undeveloped lots at Pleasure House Point.

City Council Chamber Municipal Center (2401 Courthouse Drive) Bldg 1 – 2nd Floor

1. The location of these 20 parcels and the negative impact of building on them, including the proposed massive extension of Marlin Bay Drive has just been made public. Certainly, all creative solutions to add this vital open space to PHP has not been exhausted! The creative solution does not necessarily include throwing cash at this effort.

2. Preserving the land will maximize the positive experience all visitors will have when visiting PHP and the experience educators and students will have when visiting the CBF facility particularly those coming from out of town and out of state.

3. Preserving these 20 lots and the land slated for Marlin Bay Extension will help achieve the 1997 ULI study goal of achieving/maintaining the much open space the Bayfront needs. (The roughly 40 acres of water preserved surely can’t count toward the ULI Study’s recommendations can it ?)

4. Preserving the land will help achieve the City’s TMDL goals. How? By reducing additional construction, including a 40-foot wide road, and by keeping the additional storm water flows from using the Pump Station.

5. Preserving the land will lower the risk of increased flooding in an area already located in the flood plain. How?
By not adding additional impervious service in a flood zone and by keeping the century-old live oak trees intact. The VBgov.com website lists live oaks as the city’s tree, able to withstand flooding, and able to drain the soil quickly.

6. Preserving the land will create a healthier environment for the City of Virginia Beach. The 2011 City of Virginia Beach State of the Urban Forest report lists Virginia Beach’s Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) 4 % below the recommended canopy coverage for cities in the Mid-Atlantic region. According to the study trees remove carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and other pollutants from the air saving the city over $4 million. Trees keep the air clean and the people’s lungs clean.

7. Preserving the land will eliminate destruction to the natural habitat/home of indigenous wildlife – keeping the area as an “outdoors” destination for locals and tourists bringing tourist dollars to Virginia Beach. Already the bird-watching community at PHP is growing. Besides destroying the immediate land, construction would cause noise pollution, driving the animals from the area.

Please come support the person/persons who will address city council. If you know others who may be interesting in coming to the city council meeting and

showing support this Tuesday at 6 pm, please pass this e-mail along and invite them via e-mail and/or word-of-mouth.

Thank you.

Tree line in front of bus, on the right, is at risk of being cut down and replaced with duplexes. What kind of experience will that be for visitors to PHP and CBF’s facility?
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