The Virginian-Pravda brings us the story of how the Virginia Beach Development Authority (VBDA) has chosen a developer to build at the Dome site http://hamptonroads.com/2008/05/1st-chance-remake-dome-site-goes-texan For those of you without an ear on the Resort Area gravevine, here's the inside story.
First, innkeepers have been pushing for entertainment venues. Not only to lure Summer visitors, but - more importantly - to draw bus tours during the off-season. Therefore, the VBDA decision is being toasted on Atlantic Avenue.
Second, Dome site redevelopment has been the top issue for the Resort Area for over 2 1/2 years now. Therefore, it's a question of "how", not "if", it gets done.
The amusing part is that the time frame makes it unlikely that the matter will come to City Council until after the November Council election. Can you imagine a lame duck Council approving Dome site redevelopment and a light rail DEIS in December? Merry Christmas, VBTA!