Pleasure House Point Management Plan

Pleasure House Point Management PlanIn conjunction with the purchase of PHP, the Dept. of Parks and Recreation was required to submit a management plan for developing and maintaining the area.  This document was prepared by Barbara Duke and her staff and contains the plans for restoration and the addition of amenities to the Pleasure House Point Natural Area.
For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015, the Dept of Parks and Recreation has received funding from the city budget to begin design work on some of the features outlined in the plan.  The Ocean Park Civic League hopes to be able to partner with the city in making the plan a reality in the near future


The fireworks committee (made up of representatives from all three civic leagues–CHX, OPK, BLP), along with a member of Virginia Beach Fire Marshall’s office and our shooter met last night to discuss the effects of this storm and the fireworks show. Additional phone discussions involved the Coast Guard, the Virginia Beach department of special events and public safety.

After much discussion regarding the safety of pulling this off, we collectively agreed to move the fireworks to

SATURDAY —- JULY 12 — at 9:15 p.m.

Several issues played a part in making this decision. Rain, wind and rough seas would delay loading, which was to happen today and takes roughly 10 hours. Likewise, the high wind from the north, waves and swells on Saturday morning would make it dangerous to leave the dock and travel the slow 10-hour trip to the location. Although the evening looks to be beautiful with a possibility of one-foot waves and 5mph winds out of the north, the procedure of getting to that point is unsafe. Staffing issues within the city to pull this off and safety of all personnel involved also came into play.

The date of next Saturday instead of this Sunday night was chosen for several reasons. Our permits were for July 4 with a July 5 rain date. The moving parts are very complex. It required a huge effort to get new permits issues waiving the 90 days for the Coast Guard and the 30 days for the city. There was simply not enough time to call in all the staff involved in this effort. Police, marine patrol, coast guard, EMTs, fire marshals all have to be in place. The barge and tug had to be available for that day. The shooters all have to be available and background-cleared. Additionally, our public safety people are scheduled to work, without exception, and some on overtime, on the Fourth of July. Many of them had the following days off. To call them in from their planned family and rest time would have been unacceptable, especially after they’ve worked so hard this week to scramble and deal with not only all the fireworks shows in the city, but the greater preparations for what could have been a category two hurricane.

This has really been a joint effort to pull this off and a joint decision that was tough to make. Much discussion and debate has resulted in what everyone agrees is the best decision. Public safety, fire marshal, Coast Guard, city special events–all have been very gracious and overly helpful in establishing emergency last-minute permits, providing advice, coordinating with us and supporting us.

I know you all are as disappointed as I am but it all comes down to the main reason we have this type of barge show on in the first place—SAFETY. Arthur has created what has always been understood as the worst case scenario. No one ever thought we would have a tropical storm fall on this holiday. In true Shore Drive spirit, I’m recommending we simply have two celebrations now: Arthur parties this weekend and fireworks parties next weekend.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

-Jill Doczi
Fireworks Committee
Ocean Park Civic League

Fireworks Delayed until Saturday, 7/5

I just got off the phone with the special events department that holds our permit. They have not been given official word yet. They are having a meeting at 4:30 and should have official word by 6:00 pm. He feels comfortable with my announcing all of this and that it’s a pretty sure bet that all shows for Friday are cancelled and weather-permitting will be Saturday so people may start to make plans, but he stressed that he had not been given official word yet.

There are a few stipulations regarding the Saturday show and the storm as well. All governing and permitting parties must agree that every step of the procedure is safe to be carried out under weather conditions. The barge is supposed to be loaded Friday. It is supposed to leave dock Saturday at 9 a.m. and travel the waterways for about nine hours to get in place in the bay. Conditions must be safe throughout that time period. As always, this is a fluid situation, as all hurricanes are, and as soon as I have official word, you’ll have it. We’re all in this together. Plans C and D are also in the works, so rest assured we will have our explosive day!

There is concern about the projected path of Tropical Storm Arthur. Representatives are working with the fire marshal, public safety, Virginia Beach special events, the Coast Guard and the city manager’s office on safe and manageable alternatives. Additionally, the fireworks vendor is working very hard to establish backups to even the backups in place should we need them. One way or another, one day or another, this show will go on–safely for everyone. Shore Drive doesn’t let storms ruin our fun! Please look for updates here on our website, the Ocean Park Facebook page, and in your personal emails if the civic league has your address for upcoming information regarding the fireworks show. In the meantime please keep up with weather updates and make sure you’re personally battened down and safe.


Ocean Park Civic League

General Membership Meeting: May 8, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Ocean Park Volunteer Fire & Rescue Squad



Meeting called to Order

Pledge of Allegiance


Crime Report – Officer Marcus Johnson, 3rd Precinct
Summer Enforcement
President’s Remarks

Establishment of Quorum

Minutes of March 6, 2013 Meeting (Kristie Zeiler) – Approval

Treasurer’s Report (Todd Parker)

Old Business:

Audit of Accounts
Update on Crab Creek sand stockpile
New Business:

Vote on $10,000 Naming Rights donation to CBF
Report from Ad Hoc Committee on Governmental Affairs & Zoning – Scope of Activities
Nominating Committee for 2015 Officers
CBF Report: Christy Everette

Committee & Liaison Reports: As Needed


Next Meeting – September 11, 2nd Thursday due to Labor Day
Adjourn Meeting


2013-03-07 Meeting Minutes

These are the minutes from the 2013-03-07 general meeting.

2013-03-07 Ocean Park Civic League General Membership Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m. will be a special OPCL General Membership Meeting at the Volunteer Rescue Squad Meeting Room.

Discussion of Froggies ABC License is the only item on the agenda.

Meeting this Thursday

Don’t forget the Ocean Park Civic League meeting this Thursday, 7:30 pm at the Rescue Squad.

Here is the Treasurer Report in advance of the meeting. budget.pdf

The latest newsletter is also available online. Echo March 2013.pdf

2013 Watersheds Forum – SIGN UP NOW

Brought to you by VIMS, LRNow, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

If you love the magnificent bounty of our local waters – GO.

View Lynnhaven River NOW’s E-News here.

2013 Watersheds Forum March 21, 9:00-2:30, Virginia Beach Convention Center

Oyster Roast 3 The first Virginia Beach Watersheds Forum will be held on March 21, 2013 at the Vriginia Beach Convention Center.  Registration will begin at 8:15 AM and presentations begin at 9 AM.  The Forum is 9 AM-1 PM and includes a box lunch. The Forum is being held jointly by Lynnhaven River NOW and the Back Bay Restoration Foundation and is sponsored by the City of Virginia Beach and the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program.

The 2013 Forum will have two panel presentations from regional experts on adapting to Sea Level Rise and how our natural resorces fit into Virginia Beach’s long range planning.  Additionally, break-out sessions for the northern and southern watersheds will feature speakers from VIMS, LRNow, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

Registration is $15 and includes light morning refreshments, a box lunch and all presentations.  Add-on workshops will be held at the close of the informational presentations from 1:00-2:30.  For an additional fee, participants can build their own rain barrel, learn about gardening with native plants and receive their own native plant, or build their own worm composting bin.

Please register here using PayPal.  If you prefer to pay with a check, please contact Mary Tilton at or 757-619-6429.

For more information, visit our website or contact Karen at or 757-962-5398. We hope to see you all on March 21st for an interesting day!

Important information below from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Pleasure House Point is a crown jewel in the Ocean Park neighborhood. Let’s get out there in force and show our volunteer support of this great acquisition! There are three dates available to help – please see if your schedule won’t allow you to attend at least one. And…tell a friend (who may not be on this distribution list). Thanks, all!!

Terry Gearhart
OPCL/Membership and Communications

———- Forwarded message ———- From: Christy Everett <> Date: Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 12:49 PM Subject: CBF’s property at Pleasure House Point – upcoming tree transplanting To: Cc: Chris Moore <>

In the coming weeks you will begin to see some changes at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s property at Pleasure House Point.  In order to begin preparations for CBF’s Brock Environmental Center construction, we will be moving trees and shrubs from within the construction area to habitat restoration areas around the site.  We intend to accomplish this in two phases, the first of which works with interested volunteers to move small trees and shrubs and the second using equipment to move larger trees.

Currently the site has a few small live oaks and pines that we feel are good candidates for moving with the help of volunteers.  These trees are small and in most cases not located in areas well suited for long-term growth.  In addition, there are numerous shrubs that are good candidates for transplant by hand as well.  In most cases these shrubs, commonly referred to as high tide bush, can be trimmed and transplanted with minimal care.

In order to give the larger live oaks the best chance of survival after their move, we will be moving them using equipment commonly referred to as a tree spade.  The piece of equipment will allow for preserving as much of the root system of the tree as possible.  This is especially important given the sandy soils present at Pleasure House Point.

If you are interested in helping with the transplanting activities, please join us either February 17, 22, or March 1, as these are the days we are looking for volunteer help. The February 17th planting is actually almost at volunteer capacity, we are thrilled to report. We expect all of these activities to be completed by March 15th, typically the start of the growing season in the area. For more information about the volunteer times and any other questions you may have, please contact Christy Everett or Chris Moore at CBF’s Hampton Roads office at 622-1964 or or You can also learn more about the broader project at

Thanks, Christy Christy Everett, Hampton Roads Director Chesapeake Bay Foundation | 142 W. York St., Ste. 618 | Norfolk VA 23510 (: 622.1964 | *|