City Plans Increased Enforcement and Additional Staffing for Memorial Day Weekend and Beyond

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to summer and with the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, the City is expecting an influx of visitors along with an increase in the number and variety of events.

"We are anxious to celebrate together and want everyone—residents and visitors—to enjoy themselves," said Mayor Robert M. "Bobby" Dyer. "With more people and greater activity comes our responsibility to increase our enforcement efforts, especially in the areas of public safety, parking and cleanliness. Because it has been a while since we have been able to gather in large groups, we want to make sure we get the word out about what the City is doing and what people need to know."    

Public Safety

  • The Virginia Beach Police Department will increase staffing; officers will be on ATVs, bikes, motorcycles, boats and patrol cars to monitor activity and enforce all applicable laws regarding safety, which includes traffic, parking, illegal substances, fireworks and firearms, violations of the open container law, and animal complaints/violations
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the beach  
  • The Virginia Beach Fire Department will have its boat in service in addition to regular staffing  
  • People should call 311 (not 911) with noise and parking complaints  

Parking
The City will enforce parking rules and regulations, especially in and around residential areas. Visitors to the beach areas along the Chesapeake Bay and the oceanfront must obey posted parking restrictions and laws.  

  • Citations will be issued and vehicles may be towed for parking in areas that require a valid Residential Parking Permit, impede the flow of traffic, create a public safety hazard, block fire hydrants or obstruct access to private driveways
  • If parked in City-operated parking lots (2nd, 4th, 19th and 25th streets) at the oceanfront, vehicles cannot be left past closure times (12:30 a.m.) and are subject to towing unless the driver obtains a "no tow" sticker from the parking lot attendant, contacting a police officer or calling (757) 385-5600. A "do not tow" sticker will be affixed to the windshield of the vehicle. The vehicle must be tagged prior to 2:30 a.m. and picked up between 8 a.m.-noon the next day
  • To locate parking, use SpotAngels (https://www.spotangels.com) or visit https://www.vbgov.com/parking 

Cleanliness
People should plan to leave with all belongings they have brought with them to the beach or park or dispose in appropriate receptacles. State law makes littering or dumping trash a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to 12 months in jail and/or a fine up to $2500.  

  • Additional trash receptacles will be placed along beaches  
  • Public Works will add staffing to increase frequency of trash collection  
  • Additional portable toilets will be available along the Chesapeake Beach  
  • Resort Area Ambassadors will be working through the holiday weekend with enhanced cleaning and hospitality services in the Atlantic Avenue corridor  

Animals on Beaches and Boardwalk
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day:  

  • No dogs on the beach or between Rudee Loop and 42nd Street  
  • Unleashed dogs are only permitted on beaches north of 42nd Street  (including Chesapeake Beach) or South Rudee Inlet (Croatan/Pendleton and Sandbridge) before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. provided they're under the control of their owner/leashed  
  • Leashed dogs are allowed on the boardwalk and Atlantic Avenue only between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.  
  • Owners are required to pick up after their pets and properly dispose of any waste  
  • Service animals are exempt from these prohibitions under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Please note that emotional support animals do not qualify as service animals under the ADA

Gatherings on Public Property

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