Thursday, November 6, 2008

RAC November 6, 2008

This afternoon Virginia Beach's Resort Advisory Commission (RAC) held it's November meeting. It was a short session, going only about 35 minutes.

Oceanfront Enhancement Committee (OEC) Chairman Jim Davis labeled the Transportation, Parking, and Pedestrian Committee's (TPPC) plan for the 16th Street area a "good compromise".
The plan would cul-de-sac 16th Street just west of Arctic and implement traffic calming measures on Arctic in that area. The OEC has now requested that the neighborhood's civic league gather petition signatures in support.

In addition, the OEC is discussing signage to create a "sense of arrival" into the Resort Area. That led Staff to bring up that the entertainment RFP includes a solicitation for "creative ideas" on such. The deadline for proposals under the RFP is November 18.

In the works is a demonstration for LED lighting along the Boardwalk. Four fixtures will be used to test the concept.

RAC Chairman Ken Taylor and Vice Chair Gerrie West were reelected to the same posts for 2009.

Finally, CVB Director Jim Ricketts noted in his remarks that Tourism didn't become a large issue in the just-concluded City Council campaign. It was anticipated that VBTAers would try to run against the Oceanfront.

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