Kaitlin McKeown / Virginia Media

VA - Virginia Beach Inspectors to Crack Down on Zoning and Code Violations at the Oceanfront

VIRGINIA BEACH — For the first time in more than two decades, city zoning and code inspectors will be dedicated solely to the Virginia Beach resort area in a new effort to rein in violators and spruce up Atlantic Avenue.

On Tuesday, the City Council approved funding for a new Resort Management Office to improve the 40-block commercial district by enforcing city codes, addressing homelessness issues, promoting safety and enhancing event programs.

“It’s going to change the tone down here and the atmosphere,” said George Kotarides, president of the Atlantic Avenue Association, a business organization working to boost the corridor’s image and encourage property owners to make improvements.

“It’s frustrating to see tattered awnings or dilapidated situations,” Kotarides said. “You want to have an adequate staff to watch over the area to make sure things don’t fall into disrepair.”

The city will use $1.1 million from a tourism tax fund to establish the office. About 85% of that will pay for a resort ambassador program, which will involve contract workers roaming Atlantic Avenue and the parks. The ambassadors will interact with visitors, report graffiti and remove decals and other trash.

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