Mayor Will Sessoms said Wednesday that the City Council agreed with the arena developers on a financing plan to build a $220 million sports and entertainment venue near the Oceanfront.
“Game on,” he said.
United States Management, the developer of a proposed 18,000-seat arena, submitted a loan commitment letter before its March 8 deadline that outlined a plan to borrow $150 million and contribute $70 million in equity.
Given the recent talk about whether the city of Virginia Beach should — or needs to — conduct a racial-disparity study, it seems prudent to provide some facts on which people can base their views.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s 1989 decision in the case of City of Richmond v. J.A. Croson Co. imposed legal requirements on jurisdictions to establish what it called a “compelling interest” to support the creation of contracting preferences for minority- and women-owned businesses. Only when race-neutral measures have failed can a city institute race-based programs.
NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Smith said it’s possible the mayor won’t call for a racial disparity study because he’s scared of what he’d find.
Smith held a news conference Monday morning in a parking lot overlooking the Rudee Inlet at the south end of the Oceanfront, a 10-acre site owned by the city that he has wanted to develop. About 30 people gathered to support him, some local black activists, businessmen, a representative for the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and Portsmouth Mayor Kenny Wright.
Mayor Will Sessoms said he will not order a racial disparity study that NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Smith requested in a letter to city and state officials in which he aired concerns about whether he had been excluded from business opportunities at the Oceanfront because he is black.
Friends and people who didn’t even know former Gov. Bob McDonnell lined up on Sunday for a chance to give him a hug and congratulate him on the Supreme Court overturning his public-corruption conviction.
More than 350 people gathered near the Oceanfront for a party to support McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.
About 10 elected local and state officials, including Mayor Will Sessoms and a few City Council members, joined the celebration and ate oyster roast, pig roast, shrimp boil and hushpuppies.
A plurality of voters plan to support Mayor Will Sessoms for re-election and think the city is heading in the right direction, a new poll shows.
The Virginian-Pilot and WVEC partnered with Christopher Newport University to survey 706 likely Virginia Beach voters.
The future of Virginia Beach is likely to dominate the conversation over the next five months as nine candidates compete for positions on the City Council and four run for mayor.
Tuesday marked the filing deadline to register as a candidate in those races. The election will be held Nov. 8. All races are nonpartisan and the terms last four years.
Mayor Will Sessoms, who was recently convicted of violating the state’s conflict of interest law, is running for a third term.
He announced on Monday his plans to run for re-election. So far, he has no challengers in the November election.
Mayor Will Sessoms said Thursday he is leaning toward seeking a third term and he plans to make an announcement next week.
“I am leaning toward doing it, but this is not my sole decision – I am getting a lot of family input on this,” Sessoms said of running for re-election in November.
Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), endangered by a new court-imposed congressional map in Virginia, could change districts to stay in Congress.
A spokeswoman for Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.), who is retiring in 2017, said that the congressman is encouraging his Republican colleague to move into his district “and will fully support him if he makes the decision to do so.”
Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms told the Virginian-Pilot the congressman is considering making the move.