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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:

Overall the listening sessions were a success and the findings were reported to the Virginia Beach City Council and summarized in a Final Report.