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     Decision on Poquoson Big Woods property postponed for survey results

In anticipation of receiving the results of an upcoming citywide survey, the Poquoson City Council postponed voting on a resolution that would specify development concepts and reaffirm aesthetic standards for 8.5 acres in the Big Woods.

The decision came after much confusion over procedure and the vote at Monday's City Council meeting. Ultimately, the council voted 6-1 to postpone voting on the resolution until July.

If adopted, the resolution would narrow development concepts for the land to a regional sporting goods store, hi-tech manufacturing, a medical facility, public-private recreation and a cultural center project. The resolution also emphasizes the development as a gateway to the city since it will sit on Victory Boulevard, across from City Hall Avenue at the main entrance to the city.

Most of the ideas in the resolution were established in September 2016, when the City Council created a study group to investigate possibilities for the property. Since then, the group has discussed the property, eliminating some ideas and adding in others.
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   Daily Press      Tuesday - May 23, 2017

     A’s Chad Pinder joins rare company with monstrous blast

Chad Pinder joined some impressive company Saturday with a monstrous home run that had the Coliseum buzzing.

The A’s designated hitter unloaded on a pitch in the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox that reached the second deck of the outfield seating in left-center field, with Statcast estimating the blast at 460 feet.

While the A’s don’t keep official records on such things, the team announced that it is believed to be just the fifth home run to reach the plaza reserve seating in the outfield section that was built in 1995 to accommodate the return of the Raiders (who, incidentally, are now in the midst of another relocation).

According to the A’s, Pinder joins Larry Walker, who reached the seats for the Colorado Rockies on July 19, 1999, Mark McGwire, who went deep on May 7, 1996, and the Giants’ Jarrett Parker, who did it Sept. 25, 2015 — a day before he unloaded three home runs against the cross-bay rivals. Sean Manaea, the A’s winning pitcher on Saturday, pointed out that he also gave one up to the Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz last year on May 4.
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   The Mercury News      Saturday - May 20, 2017

     Poquoson's plans for Messick Point still not clear, but taking shape

The vision for Poquoson's scenic Messick Point has not come into focus, but one proposed feature's future is in jeopardy — a beach that was planned to be built on the small peninsula's southwestern shore.

The City Council decided last month to look at other options for the $125,000 in the capital improvement plan allocated for building the beach.

Most of the council members said at the time that they would like to see the money freed up for other uses at Messick Point or divided for multiple uses in the city. The council agreed to revisit the discussion in the summer to allow city staff time to gather information on potential uses of the money.

City Manager Randy Wheeler said the council's decision to look at options other than the beach was based on feedback members got from people in the city. Less than a year ago, a beach seemed imminent — Wheeler said the beach was planned to be completed by the end of this summer.

At the April meeting, council members did not offer any specific ideas for the area. Wheeler said that any enhancements would complement what is already there. He said the city had no desire to turn the area into a regional tourism destination and any action would primarily benefit people in Poquoson. Wheeler also said city residents will be involved in shaping plans for the area.

The Planning Commission started the process of updating the comprehensive plan Monday and is reviewing a survey that will ask people to share ideas for the city's future. One question asks where people would like to see new small shops or restaurants and lists Messick Point and other waterfront areas as specific possibilities. The Community Participation Team that developed the survey said it would like to mail out the survey before mid-June when schools let out for summer.

One city development at Messick Point was recently approved by the City Council — enhancements to the city's dock where people can rent out a slip to keep a boat. Last month, the council appropriated $10,000 to equip 13 of the dock's 26 slips with water and electricity. The council had already budgeted $17,000 for dock upgrades. The rest of the $78,000 project is funded by a grant from the Virginia Port Authority.

Wheeler said that if the improvements generated more interest in renting the slips, the council would revisit the plans for the dock and decide whether to improve the remaining slips at a cost of $24,765.
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   Daily Press      Friday - May 19, 2017

     Gault hopes his speed, which led him to historic first running state title for Poquoson High, earns him two more in June

The common denominator among Poquoson High’s greatest athletes, in football, wrestling, softball and baseball, has been strength and athleticism.

Bull Island hasn’t exactly built a reputation as a speed factory.

Clint Gault turned that tradition on its head in just 29 seconds in February. That was his time in the final 200 meters, as he surged past two runners to win the 1,600-meter run in 4 minutes, 18.87 seconds at the Group 3A indoor track and field championships in Salem.

A 29-second 200 is not a great stand-alone time. As the finish of a 1-mile race on the high school level, however, it is terrific.

That Gault, a 6-foot-3, 148-pound junior, produced it when he needed it most, is no accident. He’s had a penchant for running at his best under pressure, is gifted with natural speed and, most of all, has honed his kick with the help of a brutal workout that has become his favorite.

“When we do (seven) repeat 1,000s (seven 1,000-meter runs in 2:40 each, with three minutes rest in between), I push the final 200 hard,” Gault said. “I’ve run 29 seconds in the final 200 of the workouts.”

Poquoson coach Jeff Gross said, “That workout is called ‘The Beast,’ and he sticks pretty close to the 2:40 on each. He’s an extremely hard worker with lofty goals.”

Gault’s goals include running on the collegiate level, an objective he will no doubt reach as interest in him increases. Gault says William and Mary, Michigan and Virginia Tech are all showing interest.

His immediate aim in the wake of his indoor state title is to gain double gold medals in the 3A outdoor state meet June 3 in Harrisonburg. It’s a reasonable goal, because he ranks first in 3A outdoors with recent personal bests of 4:14.21 at 1,600 and 1:58.15 at 800.
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   Daily Press      Wednesday - May 17, 2017

     Poquoson Planning Commission shows support for rezoning Big Woods

The Poquoson Planning Commission indicated at a Monday work session that it was likely to recommend rezoning a 2.5 acre parcel of land on Victory Boulevard across from City Hall Avenue to make the six parcels in that area more marketable for sale.

The parcel is one of six in the Big Woods owned by the Economic Development Authority, and rezoning the parcel would unify all six parcels as zoned for general commercial use.

Five of the parcels are already zoned general commercial; the sixth parcel is now zoned research and development.

The EDA said that having the six parcels in the 8.5 acres unified under one designation would make it more attractive to potential buyers.
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   Daily Press      Wednesday - May 17, 2017

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