The Beach District seat on the City Council is no longer vacant

Guy Tower will fill in as the interim councilman for the Beach District until a special election is held in November. (Southside Daily/Courtesy of 13NewsNow)
Guy Tower will fill in as the interim councilman for the Beach District until a special election is held in November. (Southside Daily/Courtesy of 13NewsNow)

VIRGINIA BEACH — City Council voted unanimously 9-0 Tuesday to appoint Guy King Tower to fill the vacant seat in the Beach District on an interim basis.

It will expire after a candidate is elected during a special election in November 2019.

Tower is a retired lawyer and has lived in the Beach Hall District since 2014 and in the city for 39 years, according to his bio submitted to the City Council.

He will serve until Dec. 31, 2019.

Tower most recently served as a civil dispute professional with the McCammon Group.

With his background as a corporate attorney, Tower said he’d be able to use his knowledge on complex legal and financial transactions which City Council is often involved with.

Tower also said he’s knowledgeable concerning the major issues facing council, including operating and capital improvement aspects of the FY 2019-2020 budget, the needs for additional revenue for stormwater control and defending against seal level rise, seeking an equitable and workable development agreement for the Dome Site project, revitalization of the 17th street corridor and adopting an updated Resort Action Strategic Plan for the next decade.

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In addition to those concerns, he said he also has knowledge surrounding the issues of parking, protection and expansion of green space and encouraging affordable housing to support workforce development.

His top three priorities for the city are as follows:

  1. To maintain the city’s triple-A rating from relevant bond rating agencies, thereby assuring the lowest possible borrowing costs for the city’s bond obligations and fostering confidence in its ability to manage its current and future responsibilities.
  2. To address stormwater recurrent flooding and sea level rise.
  3. Foster economic growth that will support family-friendly quality jobs and provision of excellent services in education, public safety, transportation and affordable housing.

The vacancy was created in March after a three-judge panel ruled David Nygaard is no longer a member of City Council and was not eligible to run for office because of his residency.

The court vacated Nygaard’s seat on City Council after former City Councilman John Uhrin filed a lawsuit, claiming Nygaard did not intend to establish a permanent residence in the Beach District after renting an apartment on 20th Street.

Uhrin initially applied to be appointed, but backed out.

RELATED STORY: David Nygaard no longer on City Council after judges rule in lawsuit

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