Friday, January 11, 2008

RAC On January 10

On January 10 Virginia Beach's Resort Advisory Commission (RAC) held it's monthly meeting. Two issues of note were covered:

1. Another push was made on replacing the Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) for the VBWave trolleys. HRT has now offered to replace 5...of 17. Resort business people want all 17.

A letter is being sent from the RAC to City Council Liason John Uhrin requesting replacement. The vote was unanimous in favor, with CCO RAC representative Henry Ryto abstaining. Ryto finds neither the HRT nor Resort positions realistic.

The troubling part is that the draft letter circulated to Commissioners already spoke of an unanimous vote...before the Commissioners ever voted?!?

2. On the ongoing Resort Area Master Plan drafting, the Transportation proposals were found unrealistic. The disenchantment focused on Pacific Avenue:

a. Pacific now has a 60 foot Right-of-Way (ROW).

b. Option 1 is based on an 80 foot ROW.

c. Options 2 and 3 are based on a 100 foot ROW.

It's hoped in the next round that the plans get a reality check, as all seemed to agree that the Plan won't work unless the Transportation works.

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