“”This is a legacy purchase,” Mayor Will Sessoms said in a news release. “By preserving this property, we are creating a brighter, more sustainable environment for future generations.””

The Closing for Pleasure House Point was yesterday, July 10th 2012.

Without a number of dedicated people in the community – who worked tirelessly for years – it would have been impossible for this legacy purchase to have happened.

Thanks to their hard work, the vast majority of which happened behind the scenes with little fanfare, this dream came true. Over $150,000 of consulting was generously donated since 2002 which achieved the result of developers receiving exactly -0- permits to build on Pleasure House Point.

Those people look forward to working with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the City of Virginia Beach and other concerned citizens and groups to ensure PHP becomes a leader in inspiring kids of all ages to achieve great things.

Photo Credit: KEVIN J O’HARA

Read the entire article at the Pilotonline.com.


2 responses to ““”This is a legacy purchase,” Mayor Will Sessoms said in a news release. “By preserving this property, we are creating a brighter, more sustainable environment for future generations.””

  1. I know a lot of you put tons of hours (years) and money into this historic decision, but:
    Is opening this land (immediately) to the public really going to preserve it? I see taking the No Tresspassing signs down and opening up the streets to public parking as a step backwards. Will we trash this land before the city has a chance to create the “low impact” trails? I am hoping for the best, but am concerned that “opening it up to the public within the week,” has not been very well thought out. As residents of Ocean Park, it will be up to us to ensure this land is not abused, and this “preservation deal” really is a good thing.

  2. I do not have a dog in this fight, really; however, Tucker P’s evaluation of the City’s decision to open the property to the public, as one of the first images the Virginian-Pilot posted reveals – with tire tracks all over the terrain, seems to be an invitation to disaster. Since the early 1970s when, as a young Boy Scout, I camped with my troop on the bay side of Seashore State Park, there have been, to my knowledge, at least 4 fires (none of which were caused by a Boy Scout, incidentally!). Perhaps the City may leave it open as a “sneak peek” opportunity, announcing a date which the property will then be closed to the public for evaluation and further study. Labor Day would have seemed the likely date; but it’s too close now. Whatever day is chosen, if it’s decided appropriate, at least the City will have kept its word to open it to the public and, since it’s been closed to the public for years anyway, such a well-explained decision should be met with little opposition. I think the opportunity to visit it, hold special events or allow restricted access to those who need it, would be the best way for the City, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, etc. as a collective group of like-minded individuals and organizations to actually leave a public perception of their interest in preserving the property until it’s best determined how to do so with access to the public, which I perceive will be hugely increased by the results of the revelations occurring on September 8th. (Incidentally, I hope you will ALL be there!)


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