Councilman: ‘Fresh perspective’ coming to the Development Authority

Mike Standing was recently appointed to the influential Virginia Beach Development Authority in February (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Development Authority)
Mike Standing was recently appointed to the influential Virginia Beach Development Authority in February (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Development Authority)

The Virginia Beach Development Authority has a new member, and some members of City Council believe his appointment will bring new opinions to the economic body.

Mike Standing, owner of Waterman’s at 5th Street and Atlantic, was unanimously appointed to the Development Authority by City Council on Feb. 19.

Standing’s term will run through Aug. 31, 2020, according to the Development Authority’s website.

Standing previously served as a member of the Oceanfront Task Force for Virginia Beach Vision. The Task Force assesses and investigated the city’s response to College Beach Weekend following outbreaks of violence in 2017.

Freshman at-large Councilman Aaron Rouse nominated Standing, who supported Rouse’s campaign for council during the 2018 election.

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Councilman John Moss has been enthusiastic about Standing’s appointment and view Standing as an outsider compared to many others who have served on the Development Authority.

“Mike Standing brings a fresh perspective not tied to special interests,” Moss said. “He has built his businesses without taxpayer funded handouts. While operating at the Oceanfront, he has demonstrated he can look west beyond Birdneck Road and North of Rudee Inlet to the larger concerns of our community. ”

Standing was not immediately available for comment.

The Development Authority is appointed and funded by City Council, but is a legally and politically separate entity from the city, according to their website.

The Development Authority “facilitates the expansion of the tax base through increased business investment,” according to their website. The city has involved the Development Authority in major real estate transactions and development projects in recent years.

The next meeting of the Development Authority is Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. in Town Center, Suite 700, and will be Standing’s first as a member of the body.

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