On Thursday afternoon Virginia Beach's Resort Advisory Commission (RAC) held it's October meeting. Originally slated to be a short meeting, it ended up running about 85 minutes.
Two reports are in the queue for the RAC. Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Director Jim Ricketts will give a preliminary report on the 2009 season at the November RAC meeting. In December City Finance Director Patti Phillips will give the Tourism Growth Investment Fund (TGIF) report that was originally on the docket for November.
The meeting was lengthened by two long reports:
1. Oceanfront Enhancement Committee (OEC) Chairman Jim Davis' interim report on the behavior of homeless persons in the Resort Area was distributed to Commissioners prior to the meeting. Still he read from and spoke on it, running over 20 minutes.
2. In a move that wasn't on the agenda, Nancy Creech delivered a report on the Neptune Festival that went about 15 minutes.
The Plan/Design Review Committee (PDRC) addressed the issue of adopting a form-based code for the Resort Area. The consultant is Urban Design Associates (UDA) of Pittsburgh. (UDA is the same firm that did the Burton Station SGA plan, and is now doing the Newtown SGA.) Also, proposals for work on two existing hotels were looked at.
RAC Liaison John Uhrin gave updates on projects associated with the Resort Area.
Off-topic fact of the day: with the Little Creek Amphibious Base assuming control over Fort Story, the combined Little Creek/Fort Story employs more Virginia Beach residents than Oceana NAS.