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ISSUE: How Can Residents Engage With the City Government to Address Issues or Learn More About What’s Going On?

​FACT: There are numerous ways to connect with your local government. Online, in person, or over the phone – each one offers a line of communication to the City of Virginia Beach to engage on issues and learn more about what's happening in our community.

ISSUE: Recreation Centers Are Only Good For Exercising. They Don’t Offer Anything More Than Other Gyms, Do They?

FACT: All of our seven recreation centers are equipped with state-of-the-art exercise equipment, but they're also community centers offering classes, holiday events, childcare, camps, and much more.​

ISSUE: What’s the Big Deal About the Citizen Satisfaction Survey?

​FACT: The survey, conducted every two years since 1995, rates citizen satisfaction with city services and programs, and helps guide the priorities of Council in areas that need improvement. 

RUMOR: Is It True That Virginia Beach Has a 24/7 Information Hotline?

FACT: It’s true! Residents can reach out to VB311 over the phone by dialing 311 from any landline or 757-385-3111 on a cell phone or from outside the city limits.

QUESTION: Who is the VB Strong Center For and What Kind of Services Does It Offer?

FACT: The VB Strong Center was established to support anyone impacted by the tragic events of May 31, 2019 - City and School employees, their families, families of the victims, or any member of our community. The Center offers a number of services and programs centered around healing and recovery.

ISSUE: What’s the Deal With the Small-Cell Towers Popping Up Around Town? Is the City Able to Do Anything About Them?

​FACT: The small-cell towers, often called 5G towers, are being installed by wireless telecoms around our city, and the country. Unfortunately, due to legislation passed by the General Assembly, the City has no regulatory authority over them.​

QUESTION: Are Trash Carts the Property of the City or a Homeowner?

FACT: The black trash carts belong to the people who purchased them, not the City. 

ISSUE: The City Gathers a lot of Public Input for the Comprehensive Plan. How Is It Making Sure to Hear From All Segments of the Community?

FACT: The backbone of a Comprehensive Plan is the collective voice of the people.  The City is implementing several methods to make it easier for all residents to be heard so that a Comp Plan is created that addresse​s the community’s shared challenges and goals.

ISSUE: Hotel Prices During Something in the Water Were Higher Than Normal. Surely, the City Can Do Something to Lower the Costs!

FICTION: For the most part, the City has no say over what private businesses charge for goods and services. 

QUESTION: Should Hearing Aid or Button Cell Batteries be Recycled or Thrown in the Trash?

FACT: Button cell batteries, typically found in hearing aids and watches, often contain mercury or lithium and should never be placed in with your household trash or recycling. Instead, they should be taken to a collection center where they can be disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.

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