To know where your're going, you've g...

To know where your're going, you've got to know where you've been

There are 10 comments on the www.journalpress.com story from Nov 13, 2008, titled To know where your're going, you've got to know where you've been. In it, www.journalpress.com reports that:

by Anne Congdon 12.NOV.08

Chairman David Coombes brought two pieces of information to the planning table this month.

Coombes who has said previously, on multiple occasions, that existing documentation concerning prior plans for the Town's development should be reviewed, shared with other commission members the September 1999 Recommendations of the Planning Commission for the Development of the Boardwalk as well as the June 22, 2004 Colonial Beach Boardwalk Vision Statement.

Contained within the 1999 document was a statement described in the following language: "The Commission was particularly moved by the following statement which appeared in Colonial Beach's first Comprehensive Plan: 'In conclusion, it can be seen that Colonial Beach has some serious community problems. These problems stem from the Town's history, its economic base, and its location.'

The Town is a resort area which can no longer compete with the first-class resorts such as Virginia Beach for tourists. The Potomac is polluted, the beach is small and buildings are deteriorated. Yet the Town does not have an adequate industrial base to make up for this loss of tourist revenue. Consequently the Town is going nowhere - only fighting time. Colonial Beach must make basic decisions for the future - soon."

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VETNAM 2

Laurel, MD

#1 Nov 13, 2008
Yes, I think all of these previous plans, recommendations, and so on should be reviewed. But also keep in mind that they were all done prior to 2005. Most of us remember the impact of Hurricane Katrina on this town, not the least of which was a mini building and rebuilding boom. Some new people have come to town, people with vision, and people with pride in the appearance of their surroundings. Let's continue to build on this and provide some incentives to attract other folks of the same fabric. If we take pride in our town and help each other out, good things will happen, I am sure of it.
Enlightened

United States

#2 Nov 14, 2008
The boardwalk used to be a carnaval midway where you could break baloons with darts and win a stuffed toy. There was a ferris wheel and a miniature train and a go-cart track. We had a first class art show for years and then the chamber turned it into a flea market and nobody visits it any more.

You can't compete with Vitginia Beach? Hell, you can't even compete with Montross. It's all been destroyed!

Since: Oct 08

Virginia Beach, VA

#3 Nov 14, 2008
Enlightened wrote:
The boardwalk used to be a carnaval midway where you could break baloons with darts and win a stuffed toy. There was a ferris wheel and a miniature train and a go-cart track. We had a first class art show for years and then the chamber turned it into a flea market and nobody visits it any more.
You can't compete with Vitginia Beach? Hell, you can't even compete with Montross. It's all been destroyed!
Yes... I guess those were to "Good Old Days" my friend... But it is interesting that some of the people I've talked to, on the Beach and the Boardwalk, are from the Virginia Beach Area.

They said they liked Colonial Beach because it was not as hectic and crazy as the Virginia Beach area.

And this really isn't about competing with Virginia Beach anyway... It is about bringing back those very things that you mentioned in your comment.

Attractions like the Water Slide, Miniature Golf, maybe a Charlie’s Hot Dog Stand, an In-Town Movie Theater… a Bowling Alley, and yes… even a Skate Board Park… Maybe some Tennis Courts… and what about the Pro Style 18 holes Golf Course? What ever happen to that enterprise?
Anne Congdon

King George, VA

#4 Nov 15, 2008
I don't have my notes in front of me, but if I remember correctly the land was re-zoned with a provision, if you will, that the golf course go in first. However, the real estate market changed, Ben Bell is really no longer the guy in charge, in fact, I don't think he really owns much of the land anymore except for a small section zoned commercial. Anyway,the way the financial piece of the puzzle was put together, CDA, didn't work out once the housing market changed.
janet

Redmond, WA

#5 Nov 15, 2008
Just make sure you watch out for Condo's on the boardwalk.
Libby - Colonial Beach

Warsaw, VA

#6 Nov 16, 2008
We moved here to Colonial Beach a year ago as my husband is in the Navy. I must say I love this town. I think Masterscout could not have said it any better. I love VA Beach, but this little town is a nice place to stop and see all the beauty it has to offer without all the people whizzing past.

I would love to see some changes for this town and A Movie Theater.. Bowling Alley, and Yes that skate Board Park for our children. What is there to do here for our children? Nothing, but trouble. Why, they don't have anything constructive to do.

This place is beautiful and I look forward to see good things happen without making this town a hectic one. Some change, not a city…

There are wonderful people here and I'm sure more to come as they build more single family homes. If there is talk of condo's on the boardwalk that would suck.

I guess I need to head to some town meetings.

Thanks for sharing your comments with me.
Steve Kennedy

Urbanna, VA

#7 Nov 16, 2008
Anne Congdon wrote:
I don't have my notes in front of me, but if I remember correctly the land was re-zoned with a provision, if you will, that the golf course go in first. However, the real estate market changed, Ben Bell is really no longer the guy in charge, in fact, I don't think he really owns much of the land anymore except for a small section zoned commercial. Anyway,the way the financial piece of the puzzle was put together, CDA, didn't work out once the housing market changed.
Anne the last time the developers were in Trish King asked about the CDA and they said it was tied to the Bond Market and it was down quite a bit at that time. CDA could not go forward until it improved. I believe the Bond Market and Housing Market feed off each other

Since: Oct 08

Gloucester, VA

#8 Nov 16, 2008
Libby - Colonial Beach wrote:
We moved here to Colonial Beach a year ago as my husband is in the Navy. I must say I love this town. I think Masterscout could not have said it any better. I love VA Beach, but this little town is a nice place to stop and see all the beauty it has to offer without all the people whizzing past.
I would love to see some changes for this town and A Movie Theater.. Bowling Alley, and Yes that skate Board Park for our children. What is there to do here for our children? Nothing, but trouble. Why, they don't have anything constructive to do.
This place is beautiful and I look forward to see good things happen without making this town a hectic one. Some change, not a city…
There are wonderful people here and I'm sure more to come as they build more single family homes. If there is talk of condo's on the boardwalk that would suck.
I guess I need to head to some town meetings.
Thanks for sharing your comments with me.
Welcome to Town Libby...

Your Comment (in Part) "What is there to do here for our children? Nothing, but trouble. Why, they don't have anything constructive to do." This is one of the reasons we started both a Cub Scout Pack and a Boy Scout... and are now researching the start-up of a coed Venture Crew (for youth ages 14 to 20). There are many constructive things they can do... were are just few in number thats all.

Maybe a resurgance in Hometown Scouting... getting more youth involved would help both the Town and the Scout Units.
sybl

Redmond, WA

#9 Nov 16, 2008
It would be the most wonderful thing we could ever see again if we can have our boardalk back as it was.With one and two bedroom apts not condo's above games and all the fun things to do.Can you imagine what it would look like for the lights to shine out across the river to Md again with our ferris wheel and merry-go-round to be here always.We do not have to go to the high price things to do.We could have bingo back,candy apples snow cones,Hot dogs and ice cream on the boardwalk.We already have nice places to start with now and we can get it done if we really want to.I have run out of oomph so I could just play the point.(most of you don't know what that means but it's not bad) love ya syb

Since: Nov 08

Westminster, CA

#10 Nov 18, 2008
Masterscout wrote:
<quoted text>
Welcome to Town Libby...
Your Comment (in Part) "What is there to do here for our children? Nothing, but trouble. Why, they don't have anything constructive to do." This is one of the reasons we started both a Cub Scout Pack and a Boy Scout... and are now researching the start-up of a coed Venture Crew (for youth ages 14 to 20). There are many constructive things they can do... were are just few in number thats all.
Maybe a resurgance in Hometown Scouting... getting more youth involved would help both the Town and the Scout Units.
Thanks for the welcome, if you ever need any help with scouting I can help.. I have lot's of time on my hands since I'm not working yet.

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