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Rockin' at Busch Gardens, Rollin' in Water Country

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Busch Gardens and Water Country USA folks are hoping to hear lots of "Yeah! Yeah! Yeahs!" as the amusement parks introduce a British Invasion theatrical show and a new ride in May.
Water Country's new attraction, the Colossal Curl, is the park's first family-thrill water ride and is touted as being the first of its kind in North America.

Police: Weekend access to Oceanfront to be limited

VIRGINIA BEACH Those headed to the Oceanfront this weekend might not be able to take Interstate 264 to get there as police prepare for the possibility of college students flooding the resort area before finals.

Va. Beach planning panel rejects SkyWheel at park

VIRGINIA BEACH The Planning Commission voted Wednesday against plans to build a nearly 200-foot Ferris wheel in an Oceanfront park. The advisory board voted 7-2 to deny Koch Development Co.’s application to construct the SkyWheel on Atlantic Avenue near 17th Street.

Va. Beach council approves new 34th Street stage

VIRGINIA BEACH The City Council on Tuesday approved construction of a new entertainment stage near the Boardwalk at 34th Street. The circular stage - which will be 12 feet high and will feature small acts of one to three people - will abut two of Oceanfront developer Bruce Thompson's properties and provide entertainment to the public and to two of his restaurants.

Beach hotel concerned about proposed Ferris wheel

VIRGINIA BEACH  A towering Ferris wheel proposed for the Oceanfront would offer spectacular views of the coastline. But a neighboring hotel is concerned that the ride might also allow people to peer into its rooms.

Oregon Inlet to be dredged ahead of fishing season

HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C. Weeks of sand-pushing north winds have shoaled Oregon Inlet to a yardstick's depth or less just as the busy fishing season approaches. Even the lighter-weight, side-casting dredge Merritt will struggle to clear sand from water that shallow, according to a news release from the Army Corps of Engineers. The Merritt typically operates in at least 4 feet of water.

The 30 places to eat in Virginia before you die

Never eat anything bigger than your head. Or so the adage goes.
We ignored that advice.
We ate the state.

Biz buzz | Carnival confuses Norfolk and South Pacific

The Buzz applauded when Carnival Cruise Lines announced in January it’ll be returning to Norfolk in 2015 with voyages from downtown’s Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center. Barely six months before, Carnival dumped a downer on the region when it decided to pull out of the port.

Cavalier Hotel named Va. landmark, aims for U.S. status

VIRGINIA BEACH History was made at the Cavalier Hotel. Now, it's officially historic. Once a bustling resort in the Roaring '20s, the regal Oceanfront hotel has captured state landmark status and is on its way to national recognition.

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