ICYMI: Local African-American history, The mayor resigned, Short-term rentals debate continues, Homes on swampland

Check out the stories people were talking about in this week’s ‘In Case You Missed It.’

Understanding the history of African-American neighborhoods in Virginia Beach

Two Virginia Beach historians have completed a paper that will help to fill in at least some of the obscurity surrounding the lives of Princess Anne County’s and Virginia Beach’s black residents. READ MORE

Paper focuses on African-American neighborhoods in Virginia Beach

Three’s a crowd?

There are now three different proposed ordinances for the regulation of short-term rentals, and the Virginia Breach City Council said they would like to pick one and vote on it in in May. The existence of three separate proposed ordinances for short-terms rentals demonstrates the complexity of the issue. READ MORE.

A third set of short-term rental rules is now under consideration

We need a new mayor

Will Sessoms abruptly resigned as mayor of Virginia Beach last week. He said he wants to check out jobs in the private sector. He did not elaborate.

Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms resigns, cites wanting to pursue jobs in private sector

Probably not a good idea

Argos Properties wanted to build 32 single-family homes on 12 acres of land in the Pungo area of Virginia Beach. The property is on the north side of Princess Anne Road near Fenwick Way. The area is known as “Holland Swamp,” for a reason. READ MORE.

32 homes do not belong on swampland, says Virginia Beach City Council

Well done

One word: WOW! READ MORE.

18 schools in Virginia received awards. 11 are Virginia Beach schools

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.