All-day workshop to address working waterfronts

by Bill Nachman - Posted on Feb 12, 2014 - 01:54 PM
A session about working waterfronts will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Watermen’s Hall on the Virginia Institute of Marine Science campus, Gloucester Point.
The Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck and Accomack/Northampton planning district commissions are jointly sponsoring the session at VIMS and one during the same day and time at Eastern Shore Community College in Melfa.
“The preservation of working waterfronts is critical to both retaining our cultural identity as well as an essential component of our rural coastal economic fabric,” said Lewis Lawrence, executive director of MPPDC, of which Gloucester and Mathews counties are members.
“Our working waterfront owners and local governments need to collaborate and seek mutually beneficial land use policy and economic development strategies to ensure that the seafood industry across the Middle Peninsula and other coastal areas of the commonwealth are protected and can remain economically viable,” Lawrence said.
Keynote speaker Bill Pruitt, retired Virginia Marine Resources Commissioner, will discuss “A Lifetime Working on and Managing Virginia’s Working Waterfronts.”
Anne Ducey-Ortiz, Gloucester’s director of planning and zoning, will address “Understanding How Zoning, Comprehensive Planning, and Ordinances Influence Your Business.”
For registration information, call Beth Polak at 804-698-4260.