Regional Focus Groups
Three regional focus groups are planned in Virginia Beach, the Eastern Shore, and Gloucester County in 2012 as part of an ongoing effort between the Institute for Environmental Negotiation and coastal planning districts. Each regional effort will have a different focus to address varying needs among Virginia's coastal commmunities.
Virginia Beach Listening Sessions
Four listening sessions were held in Virginia Beach in March 2011 to engage the community in a discussion on sea level rise. Following presentations by our project partners, participants gathered in small groups to share their perspectives on sea level rise with each other.
Participants were also able to work with large maps to record specifics observations like:
- property value decline,
- business stress or loss,
- insurance refused or dropped,
- wildlife habitat or migration change,
- stormwater overflows,
- flooding during storms and inundations,
- water quality impacts,
- and traffic rerouted or changed.