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Oceanfront lifeguard stands get colorful makeovers

VIRGINIA BEACH The city’s storage lot near the convention center is usually a drab plot of dusty gravel and withered grass occupied by rows of spare bleachers and surplus trash cans.

Swimming advisory lifted in Va. Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH  The city’s Public Health Department has lifted a swimming and wading advisory for the Chesapeake Bay between Wake Forest and Kendall streets.  The advisory was issued Wednesday because of high bacteria levels in the water. It included the First Landing State Park coastline but did not affect the Oceanfront.  

Best spots to sit and sip at the Va. Beach Oceanfront

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story listed an incorrect recommendation of what to eat at Waterman's Surfside Grille in Virginia Beach. The story has been corrected.  
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Five ways to liven up your look for beach season

Tell the truth. You know you aren’t at the beach just to get into the water. It’s also because you want to celebrate the freedom of summer and not being under the weight of layers of clothing.

Va. Beach, Norfolk look to attract international tourists

Last week, the city of Virginia Beach joined Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, which boasts more than 500 million users.

Giant water slide to open at Ocean View on May 23

Jeff Howlett spent his childhood summers riding the winding coasters and slides at the Ocean View Amusement Park. Decades after the park closed and the Norfolk beach lost some of its tourist appeal, Howlett felt an urge to bring back that same taste of summer for his 15 nieces and nephews.

Bicyclist killed at Oceanfront was Canadian tourist

VIRGINIA BEACH A Canadian tourist was struck by a vehicle and killed Monday morning as he bicycled at the Oceanfront. Pierre Foget, 65, of Quebec, was visiting Virginia Beach with his wife, said Officer James Cason Jr., a police spokesman. The couple was heading west in the 1200 block of Shore Drive when Foget veered out of the paved bike lane and into the road, Cason said.

Developer requests deferral on SkyWheel project

VIRGINIA BEACH The developer of SkyWheel Virginia Beach has requested an indefinite deferral of its application for a permit. Koch Development Co. of Missouri hoped to open the nearly 200-foot Ferris wheel at 17th Street by next spring, but now wants time to address issues raised at an April Planning Commission hearing.

Loss of garage complicates parking at Oceanfront

VIRGINIA BEACH Where to park? It's that time of year again when activity ramps up in the resort area and finding a convenient parking space becomes a challenge. "Parking is like hen's teeth - scarce; we covet every space we can get," said Bobby Melatti, director of Beachevents, the city's entertainment contracting company.

Virginia Zoo in Norfolk adding two young orangutans

NORFOLK The Virginia Zoo is doubling its orangutan population. Solaris, a 10-year-old orangutan, was expected to arrive from the Houston Zoo around 9 p.m. Thursday, according to a news release from the Virginia Zoo. He will be joining Dara, a 14-year-old orangutan from the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, N.Y. She arrived in Norfolk a week ago.

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