- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Beach officials plan to set aside land that has been empty for over a decade for a park in the city’s Pungo community by the end of the summer.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (https://bit.ly/1TSYzAF) that the Planning Commission on Wednesday approved rezoning the property to begin the process of turning it into Pungo Ferry Landing Park.

The city purchased the 20 acres of land in 2015 to protect it from future commercial development.

The site has been a restaurant, a marina and, more recently, an area that some residents used for their small boats and water activities.

The city plans to renovate one of the existing boat ramps and remove a pier. A fence will be added to limit public access to the marina area.

The beach will be expanded, among other improvements.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, https://pilotonline.com


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