Thursday, February 5, 2009

RAC February 5, 2009

This afternoon Virginia Beach's Resort Advisory Committee (RAC) held it's February meeting. Things began with the introduction of two new Commissioners: Bryan Cuffee and Nancy Creech.

The Oceana tours conducted by Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) have been discontinued due to a change in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations. However, a private operator has been found to operate them in 2009. In addition, the remaining Oceanfront trolleys will be repainted in a blue scheme similar to the hybrid buses. That way tourists will better know the vehicles serve the same purpose.

A lighting pilot project is underway at 24th Street in front of the old post office. A similar project will be initiated soon on the Boardwalk. The idea is to go to LED lights, which are both more energy-efficient and provide better light.

Staff has recommended that the entertainment contract be awarded to Integrated Management Group (IMG). It was IMG that hired Bobby Melatti after he was let go by his former employer, signaling their interest in the contract.

The City will soon issue a White Paper on the proposed convention center headquarters hotel.

Finally, the Green initiative in the Resort Area will have it's own RAC subcommittee, with the moniker to be chosen later.

(FYI, this is the 500th post on this blog.)

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