College Beach Weekend (CBW) - April 27, 28 & 29, 2018

​​​​​​As College Beach Weekend approaches (April 27-29), our goal is the same as it is for all major events: to enable our visitors to enjoy their time in our city while making sure we are fully prepared to address issues such as crowds, traffic, safety and communication.  

​For questions or concerns not addressed on this page, contact the Communications Office at (757) 385-4679. 

Here's What Residents Need to Know

Image of College Beach Week mailingWe might see as many as 40,000 young adults and local residents at th​e Oceanfront over this weekend. The City’s number one goal is to ensure that visitors enjoy their time in our city while making sure that everyone is safe and we are fully prepared to address any issues that might arise. 

The City is stepping up communications to ensure there is no misunderstanding about our intent to maintain order and continue to provide a fun but safe experience for all. Among the new efforts to improve communication:  
  • Meetings with various stakeholder groups to seek input and feedback, including two public forums to share information about preparations and discuss community concerns.
  • Informational brochures mailed to residences and businesses in the 23451 area code that explain plans and preparations
  • The Human Rights Commission is expanding its observer program, recruiting volunteers to provide feedback and offer observations 
  • The City will be using PublicInput.com/CBW18​​ to collect input from residents, business owners and visitors throughout the weekend 

Traffic on I-264 Eastbound into Resort Area to be Diverted at Parks Avenue on Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28

To facilitate traffic and accommodate the larger-than-normal crowds entering the resort area for College Beach Weekend: 
  • ​​Traffic on I-264 eastbound will be diverted at Parks Avenue and redirected westbound on I-264 beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 27 until traffic is flowing safely and again beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 until traffic is flowing safely
  • During this traffic diversion, the eastbound exit for South Birdneck Road will be closed
  • During this traffic diversion, the westbound exit for First Colonial Road will be closed

Police will monitor traffic to ensure emergency vehicles can move quickly and safely respond to calls for service. 

For updates, please monitor:


Only call 911 for true emergencies. Call 385-5000 for non-emergencies and 311 for City information. ​

Preparation Plan

Image2.png​​Dear Residents and Business Owners: 

Virginia Beach welcomes all visitors. We get more than 15 million every year and during the unusually crowded College Beach Weekend, as many as 40,000 young adults and local residents may visit the Virginia Beach oceanfront. 

While most of our visitors are well-behaved, the City and the Virginia Beach Police Department are stepping up communications to ensure there is no misunderstanding about our intent to maintain order and continue to provide a safe, enjoyable experience for all. 

A petition calling for an end to College Beach Weekend has been circulating since last year. Of course, even if we wanted to, we have no way to do that. What we can do is ​provide our residents, businesses and visitors with the information and resources necessary to plan ahead. 

We expect everyone to adhere to the laws and ordinances, be respectful of our property and the people who live here. Rest assured, the City of Virginia Beach will utilize all available resources to maintain order and continue to provide a safe, enjoyable experience for all. 

Disorderly conduct, illegal weapons and assaults will be met with zero tolerance.  Violators will be arrested.


 


FAQs

Q. Why can't this event go away?

A. Sidewalks, streets and beaches are public spaces.

Q. What has the City been doing to evaluate this event?

Planning for these events begins months in advance and includes a review of past events, revisions to operational plans, and meetings with stakeholders – college students, residents, business owners, community organizations, city employees, and representatives in other cities that also attract spring break or beach weekend activities. Virginia Beach has emerged as a leader among peer cities in how to deal with large-scale events.

Q. What is being done to make sure visitors and residents feel safe?

A. Nothing is more important than our sense of safety and security. While Virginia Beach is the safest city of its size and the crime rate is the lowest it's been since the 1960s, we know perceptions and reality can differ.  That's why we have robust safety plans and work with local neighborhoods and businesses to address safety concerns. Staffing is increased for these weekends and Police will have a zero tolerance policy for crimes that threaten the safety of our visitors and our community.  

Q. Who's committing the crime? Young people?

In 2017, only two arrests of 270 arrests were under the age of 18. The majority of those arrested (76%) were between the ages of 18-25. Sixty-four out of 260 charges occurred during daytime hours/early evening (34 of those 64 charges were traffic violations). Eighty arrests were made between midnight and 4 a.m.

Q. Why isn't the city providing something for these young people to do other than walk on the sidewalks?

A. We were all young once. Remember cruising? This is the same thing, just done on foot. A lack of programming has neither increased crime nor discouraged more people from coming. 

​Q. Can the Police do something about the loud music and hanging out that goes on this weekend?

A. The noise ordinance has a high standard that doesn't really work in these kinds of situations, but asking people to turn down the volume usually does the trick. And just so you know, Police try to gain voluntary compliance in many situations, like carrying an open container and impeding traffic. What Police absolutely will not tolerate – and will make arrests for – is disorderly conduct, illegal weapons and crimes against persons, like robbery or assault. 

​Notes For Residents

​BEFORE THE WEEKEND:

  • Plan for heavy traffic and potential road closures or traffic diversions from I-264
  • If you live near the oceanfront, plan trips early in the day and take local roads instead of the interstate
  • Anyone hosting guests are encouraged to inform them in advance to expect delays and potential road closures getting to and from their final destination

DURING THE WEEKEND:

  • Did we mention heavy traffic? Plan accordingly
  • VBPD will have a strong presence in the area and monitor cameras located throughout the oceanfront
  • Maintaining access for emergency services (EMS, Fire and Police) to reach all neighborhoods is a priority
  • Traffic Operations will work to minimize impacts of traffic in neighborhoods
  • Parking lots will fill up early. For more information on parking issues, visit VBgov.com/CBW18
  • City crews will work quickly to empty trash receptacles and clean up the area
  • We will use PublicInput.com/CBW18 to obtain feedback from residents, business owners and visitors
  • For updates, monitor:
    • VBgov.com/CBW18
    • Twitter.com/CityofVaBeach #CBW18 
    • Facebook.com/CityofVaBeach
    • Nextdoor.com
    • VBTV (Ch. 46)

Only call 911 for true emergencies. Call 385-5000 for non-emergencies and 311 for City information.​

​Messages for CBW Visitors 

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 Volunteer - Community Alliance Partnership - Human Rights Commission

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The Human Rights Commission's Community Alliance Partnership is seeking volunteers to walk the Virginia Beach oceanfront and help identify areas of concern during College Beach Weekend.  Click here to volunteer.