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Shepard Civic Center "The Dome" , a significant building in the city's history, [ why? The building was razed in  to make room for a municipal parking lot and potential future development. Real estate, defense, and tourism are major sectors of the Virginia Beach economy.
Local public and private groups have maintained a vested interest in real-estate redevelopment, resulting in a number of joint public-private projects, such as commercial parks. The city assisted in financing the project through the use of tax increment financing: creating special tax districts and constructing associated street and infrastructure to support the developments.
The Town Center opened in , with related construction continuing. The Convention Center opened in The city has begun to run out of clear land available for new construction north of the Green Line, an urban growth boundary dividing the urban northern and rural southern sections of the city.
While the airbase enjoys wide support from Virginia Beach at large, the Pentagon Base Realignment and Closure commission has proposed closure of Oceana within the next decade.
This land crunch led to floodplain development. During Hurricane Matthew , the heavy rainfall flooded over homes and left some neighborhoods with standing water for days. This rejection was significant from two perspectives.
First, cities reject building very rarely, demonstrating the shift in public perception. Second, these rejections led to lawsuits by the developers. The rejection of these lawsuits in the courts provides precedent for other sorts of local climate change adaptation efforts in the future. Discussing the matter, Mayor Dyer noted, "It's a confrontation with reality. Not everybody's going to be happy. On May 31, , a mass shooting occurred at a municipal government building in Virginia Beach.
A former employee entered the building and shot indiscriminately, killing 12 people and injuring four others before dying from a gunshot wound fired by responding officers. According to the United States Census Bureau , the city has a total area of square miles 1, km 2 , of which square miles km 2 is land and square miles km 2 The average elevation is 12 feet 3.
A major portion of the city drains to the Chesapeake Bay by way of the Lynnhaven River and its tributaries. The city is located at the southeastern corner of Virginia in the Hampton Roads area bordering the Atlantic Ocean.
While Virginia Beach is the most populated city within the MSA, it actually currently functions more as a suburb. The city of Norfolk is recognized as the central business district, while the Virginia Beach oceanside resort district and Williamsburg are primarily centers of tourism. Additionally, Virginia Beach is 19 miles 30km east of Norfolk ,  24 miles 38km northeast of Chesapeake ,  miles km southeast of Richmond , the state capitol ,  and miles km southeast of Washington, D.
When the modern city of Virginia Beach was created in , by the consolidation of the square miles km 2 Princess Anne County with the 2 square miles 5. For the Trewartha update system the climate is the northern limit of Cf subtropical which corresponds to the ecology of the area, which struggles to withstand the cooler temperatures further north or inland.
Winters are cool and snowfall is light. Summers are hot and humid. The official weather statistics are recorded at Norfolk International Airport on the extreme northwestern border of Virginia Beach. The mean annual temperature is The wettest season is summer, specifically July to early September, with August the single wettest month, averaging over 5. From October to June, average monthly precipitation is remarkably consistent, ranging between 3.
Summer nights are sometimes really hot. Additionally, the geographic location of the city, with respect to the principal storm tracks, is especially favorable which is why it has earned the reputation as a vacation destination.
It is south of the average path of storms originating in the higher latitudes, and north of the usual tracks of hurricanes and other major tropical storms, with the exception of Hurricane Isabel in Spanish moss , for example is near the northernmost limit of its natural range at First Landing State Park , and is the most northerly location where it is widespread. Other plants like the Windmill Palm , Sabal palmetto , Butia odorata in protected locations , and Oleander are successfully grown here while they succumb to the colder winter temperatures to the north and inland to the west.
The hardiness zone is 8b along the coast and in Urban areas, and 8a inland and to the northwest. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. According to the Census , the racial composition of Virginia Beach was as follows: . As of the Census ,  there were , people, , households, and , families residing in the city.
The population density was 1, There were , housing units at an average density of There were , households, out of which The average household size was 2. The age distribution was The median age was 33 years. For every females, there were For every females age 18 and over, there were Virginia Beach had the 5th highest median family income among large cities in About 5. The city of Virginia Beach has a lower crime rate than the other regional cities of Hampton Roads , Newport News , Norfolk , and Portsmouth , which all exceed national average crime rates.
For , Virginia Beach had 16 murders, for a murder rate of 3. That was lower than the national average that year of 6. The city's total crime index rate for was There are , adherents and different religious congregations in the city. Virginia Beach is composed of a variety of industries, including national and international corporate headquarters, advanced manufacturers, defense contractors and locally owned businesses.
Twenty internationally based firms have their U. Tourism produces a large share of Virginia Beach's economy. Virginia Beach opened a Convention Center in which caters to large group meetings and events. Hotels not only line the oceanfront but also cluster around Virginia Beach Town Center and other parts of the city. Restaurants and entertainment industries also directly benefit from Virginia Beach's tourism.
One hundred-seventy-two farms exist in Virginia Beach, mostly below the greenline in the southern portion of the city.
Farmers are able to sell their goods and products at the city's Farmer's Market. Virginia Beach is home to several United States Military bases.
Unemployment has been cut almost in half over the past two years going from a high of 4. The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art features regularly changing exhibitions in a variety of media. Exhibitions feature painting, sculpture, photography, glass, video and other visual media from internationally acclaimed artists as well as artists of national and regional renown.
Virginia Beach is home to many sites of historical importance and has 18 sites on the National Register of Historic Places. The 67th street facility features a large private library of books on psychic matters, and is open to the public.
The traditional beach-architecture headquarters building features massage therapy by appointment. Cayce opened Atlantic University in ; it closed two years later but was re-opened in Atlantic University was originally intended for study of Cayce's readings and research on spiritual subjects.
The city's largest festival, the Neptune Festival , attracts , visitors to the oceanfront and , visitors to the air show at NAS Oceana. The festival ends with the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon.
Since Norfolk contains the central business district of Hampton Roads, most of the major spectator sports are located there. While the Hampton Roads area has been recently considered as a viable prospect for major-league professional sports, and regional leaders have attempted to obtain Major League Baseball , NBA and NHL franchises in the recent past, no team has yet relocated to the area. Known as the Virginia Beach Neptunes , they have yet to play a game due to delays in building Wheeler Field.
The Virginia Beach Sportsplex contains the central training site for the U. The city is also home to the East Coast Surfing Championships , an annual contest of more than of the world's top professional surfers and an estimated amateur surfers. This is North America's oldest surfing contest. There are eleven golf courses open to the public in the city, as well as four country club layouts and 36 military holes at NAS Oceana's Aeropines course. It is one of the largest Half Marathons in the world.
The final 3 miles 4. It is an annual race over St. Patrick's Day weekend and was recognized by Runner's World as one of the Top 20 marathons in the country in Virginia Beach is home to city parks, encompassing over 4, acres 1, ha , including neighborhood parks, community parks, district parks, and other open spaces.
Mount Trashmore Park is clearly visible from I when traveling to the oceanfront. The hill measures 60 ft 18 m high and is the highest point in Virginia Beach. One of the major parks is Red Wing Park, a 97 acres 39 ha park in east-central part of the city, very close to Oceana Naval Air Station.
This land became a park in A unique feature of this park is the Miyazaki Japanese Garden, which is a result of its interactions with its sister city Miyazaki, Japan. The Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge , established in , is an 8,acre 32 km 2 fresh water refuge that borders the Atlantic Ocean on the east and Back Bay on the west.
It is managed by the U. Fish and Wildlife Service. Munden Point Park is a rural park located in the deep southern end of the city,  right on The North Landing River. Pleasure House Point is an acres 48 hectares park of undeveloped land on the shore of the Lynnhaven River. It is also the location of the Brock Environmental Center. Virginia Beach's extensive park system is recognized as one of the best in the United States.
Historically, Virginia Beach had been more conservative than other large independent cities in Virginia. However, the Republican edge in the city has diminished in recent years. John McCain and Donald Trump only managed to win a plurality of the city's votes in and , winning the city despite losing statewide.
In ,  Joe Biden became the first Democrat to carry Virginia Beach since , and only the third to do so since Virginia Beach became an independent city. Bush in Virginia Beach was chartered as a municipal corporation by the General Assembly of Virginia on January 1, The city currently operates under the council—manager form of government. Rather, it functions as an independent city and operates as a political subdivision of the state.
The city's legislative body consists of an eleven-member city council. The city manager is appointed by the council and acts as the chief executive officer. Through his staff, he implements policies established by the council.
Members of the city council normally serve four-year terms and are elected on a staggered basis in non-partisan elections. Beginning in , general elections are held the first Tuesday in November in even-numbered years.
In previous years, elections were held the first Tuesday in May in even-numbered years. All registered voters are eligible to vote for all council members. Three council members and the mayor serve on an at-large basis.
The mayor is elected to a four-year term through direct election. The mayor presides over city council meetings, and serves as the ceremonial head and spokesperson of the city. A vice mayor is also elected by the city council at the first meeting following a council election. Citizens of Virginia Beach also elect five constitutional officers, and candidates for these offices are permitted to run with an affiliated political party.
Three of these offices deal substantially with public safety and justice: the sheriff , commonwealth's attorney , and the clerk of the circuit court. The two other offices are concerned with fiscal policy: the city treasurer and the commissioner of the revenue. Virginia Beach is located entirely in Virginia's 2nd congressional district , served by Republican Jen Kiggans. According to the U. Census , Prior to , separate schools were maintained for black and white students.
Before , black students who wished to attend school past seventh grade had to travel to Norfolk, and pay tuition to attend Booker T. Washington High School. In , in order to avoid the stigma of the term "training school", the school was renamed Union Kempsville High School at the request of the black community.
When the public schools integrated in , Union Kempsville was closed. The city of Virginia Beach is home to Virginia Beach City Public Schools , one of the largest school systems in the state based on student enrollment. Virginia Beach is home to three universities and branch centers for several other universities. Atlantic University a for-profit holistic learning institution is located in Virginia Beach and was founded in Additional institutions of higher education are located in other communities of greater Hampton Roads.
The Virginia Beach Public Library System provides free access to accurate and current information and materials to all individuals, and promotes reading as a critical life skill.
The Library system has a collection of more than 1 million items including special subject collections. Other papers include Veer and the New Journal and Guide. Inside Business focuses on local business news. Virginia Beach is also served by several television stations. Virginia Beach is served by Cox Cable. Virginia Beach serves as the headquarters for the Christian Broadcasting Network , located adjacent to Regent University.
The airport is located near Chesapeake Bay, along the city limits straddling neighboring Norfolk. Virginia Beach Airport is a small, grass runway facility catering to private aircraft owners. The Greyhound station in Virginia Beach is located on Laskin Road, about a mile west of the oceanfront. The city is connected to I via I, which runs from the oceanfront, intersects with I on the east side of Norfolk, and continues through downtown Norfolk and Portsmouth until rejoining I at the terminus of both roads in Chesapeake where Interstate completes the loop which forms the Hampton Roads Beltway.
Other major roads include Virginia Beach Boulevard U. Route 58 , Shore Drive U. Route Transportation within the city, as well as the rest of Hampton Roads is served by a regional bus service, Hampton Roads Transit.
Water and sewer services are provided by the City's Department of Utilities. Currently, water for the Tidewater area is pumped from Lake Gaston , which straddles the Virginia-North Carolina border along with the Blackwater and Nottoway rivers.
The city provides wastewater services for residents and transports wastewater to the regional Hampton Roads Sanitation District treatment plants. Broadband internet service is provided by Cox Communications throughout the majority of the city. Verizon also provides its Fios internet service, but in limited areas as of The former Sentara Bayside Hospital, now known as Sentara Independence, has been modified to a stand alone Emergency Department and outpatient treatment center.
Sentara Leigh Hospital is just across the city line in Norfolk. Virginia Beach's sister Cities are: . Virginia Beach has friendly relations with: . The Monopoly Here and Now: The US edition of the game, released in honor of the game's 80th birthday, included Virginia Beach as a property that could be bought, sold and traded.
The city was included after Hasbro held an online vote in order to determine which cities would make it into an updated version of the game. Virginia Beach received the fourth highest number of votes in the online contest, earning it a green spot on the board. The top Boardwalk spot went to Pierre, South Dakota. In the television series, The Man in the High Castle — , which is set in an alternate s, Virginia Beach is mentioned as being the site of a D-Day style invasion by Nazi Germany , which led to the defeat of the United States and its occupation.
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