Portsmouth, Virginia

Portsmouth, Virginia Welcome to the Portsmouth, VA page. Connect with us for the latest news, events, and happenings in Portsmouth. Founded Colonel William Crawford in 1752, Portsmouth is the Official Coast Guard City and a Bicycle Friendly Community.

One visit to Portsmouth, Virginia and you’ll be hooked. Amble along our famous Seawall. Stroll through three centuries of historic neighborhoods. Go antiquing. Take in some art. Stand inside a giant soap bubble at the largest children’s museum in the state. And did we mention that Portsmouth is home to some of the most delightful restaurants in the region? Many of Portsmouth’s attractions are clustered within easy walking distance of each other, making it the perfect place to spend a day. And with its central location, it’s easy to get to – just a quick ferry ride from downtown Norfolk, a just minutes from Virginia Beach, and Colonial Williamsburg.

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Happy Election Day, Portsmouth and good morning. If you haven't voted already . . . get up from there!
11/03/2020

Happy Election Day, Portsmouth and good morning. If you haven't voted already . . . get up from there!

Tips for Voters to Reduce Spread of COVID-19 . . . Help keep from getting and spreading COVID-19 before and during votin...
11/02/2020

Tips for Voters to Reduce Spread of COVID-19 . . . Help keep from getting and spreading COVID-19 before and during voting. Before you vote, plan how you can get to your polling place in the safest way possible. Try to avoid crowded ride-sharing services, buses, or trains. When voting, try to stay at least 6 feet apart from other people. Wear a mask around others, and wash your hands before and after voting ---- or if that’s not possible, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. For more tips to reduce the spread of COVID-19 while voting, visit cdc.gov.

From our friends at Dominion Church of God in Christ . . . see message below and please share with your network.
11/02/2020

From our friends at Dominion Church of God in Christ . . . see message below and please share with your network.

Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic begins. While supplies last. No appointment necessary. See details in the flyer . . .
11/02/2020

Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic begins. While supplies last. No appointment necessary. See details in the flyer . . .

A Notice from the Office of the Registrar:AN OFFICIAL BALLOT DROP BOX IS LOCATED ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE PORTSMOUTH CI...
11/02/2020

A Notice from the Office of the Registrar:
AN OFFICIAL BALLOT DROP BOX IS LOCATED ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE PORTSMOUTH CITY HALL BUILDING, 801 CRAWFORD ST., NEAR THE REGISTRAR’S OFFICE FOR:

MAIL ABSENTEE BALLOTS ONLY
HOURS: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2020
8 AM – 5 PM
ELECTION DAY, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2020
6 AM – 7 PM

By Mail Absentee Ballots will be accepted until 7 pm. Any person in line to drop-off their ballot at 7 pm is allowed to do so. *Voters may also return By Mail Absentee Ballots to a Drop Box at their polling place on Election Day. Voters will NOT have to stand in line to drop off their ballots. The polls open at 6 am and will close at 7 pm. Please note: Tampering with a Drop Box is a Felony. For more information, call (757) 393-8644.

Beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, Nov. 2, Elm Ave. SOUTHBOUND between Highland Ave. and Summit Ave. will be closed through Fri...
11/02/2020

Beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, Nov. 2, Elm Ave. SOUTHBOUND between Highland Ave. and Summit Ave. will be closed through Friday, Nov. 6, at 5 p.m. A signed detour will be in place during this 24-hour southbound only closure. Visit portsmouthva.gov for details.

Road closure at King St. between Chestnut St. & Effingham St., November 2 - November 5 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.  Str...
11/02/2020

Road closure at King St. between Chestnut St. & Effingham St., November 2 - November 5 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Street reopened to traffic at the end of each workday. Access to businesses backing up to King St. maintained. For more info, call Engineering at (757) 393-8592.

Buenos Dias, Portsmouth! It's again Monday and NOT a manic Monday. Collaborate and be inspired . . .
11/02/2020

Buenos Dias, Portsmouth! It's again Monday and NOT a manic Monday. Collaborate and be inspired . . .

Good Sunday morning, Portsmouth. We're going through tough times. Remember to treat each other well.
11/01/2020

Good Sunday morning, Portsmouth. We're going through tough times. Remember to treat each other well.

Good Saturday morning, fam! Have a great weekend.
10/31/2020

Good Saturday morning, fam! Have a great weekend.

Street closure at Elm Ave. southbound between Highland Ave. and Summit Ave, November 2, at 7 a.m. through November 6, at...
10/30/2020

Street closure at Elm Ave. southbound between Highland Ave. and Summit Ave, November 2, at 7 a.m. through November 6, at 5 p.m. This is a 24-hour closure. Northbound traffic is not affected. . For more information, call the Department of Engineering at (757) 393-8592.

Street closure at Elm Ave. southbound between Highland Ave. and Summit Ave, November 2, at 7 a.m. thru November 6, at 5 ...
10/30/2020

Street closure at Elm Ave. southbound between Highland Ave. and Summit Ave, November 2, at 7 a.m. thru November 6, at 5 p.m. This is a 24-hour closure. Detour as signed. Northbound traffic is not affected. For more info, call the Engineering at (757) 393-8592.

The VDH will be conducting routine maintenance to its external website (www.vdh.virginia.gov) Saturday, October 31, betw...
10/30/2020

The VDH will be conducting routine maintenance to its external website (www.vdh.virginia.gov) Saturday, October 31, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. During this time, the website as well as the COVID-19 data dashboards will be unavailable. For more info on COVID-19 during VDH website routine maintenance visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

Good morning, Portsmouth. Here's your TGIF inspiration thought . . .
10/30/2020

Good morning, Portsmouth. Here's your TGIF inspiration thought . . .

“The Hearts of Heroes,” a television show, that showcases the stories of men and women braving natural disasters with on...
10/29/2020

“The Hearts of Heroes,” a television show, that showcases the stories of men and women braving natural disasters with one goal: to rescue the victims and help restore their lives. The show will feature the Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services and will air the documentary that showcases the Monumental United Methodist Church fire and restoration this Saturday (10-31-20) at 11 a.m. on our local ABC channel (13News Now WVEC). Use the link for a clip from the Hearts of Heroes page.
https://fb.watch/1p6EPrHxHS/

It's time to fall back, Portsmouth! Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend.
10/29/2020

It's time to fall back, Portsmouth! Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend.

Time to fall back . . .
10/29/2020

Time to fall back . . .

No garbage, recycling or bulk collection November 3. See schedule change here . . .
10/29/2020

No garbage, recycling or bulk collection November 3. See schedule change here . . .

Top of the morning, Portsmouth fam. Here's a little morning inspiration to start your day . . .
10/29/2020

Top of the morning, Portsmouth fam. Here's a little morning inspiration to start your day . . .

Sidewalk to closure on High St. at the Churchland Bridge, October 28 - 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Traffic Lanes will remain open. ...
10/28/2020

Sidewalk to closure on High St. at the Churchland Bridge, October 28 - 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Traffic Lanes will remain open. Work being done by Verizon in support of the Churchland Bridge project. For more info, call the Department of Engineering at (757) 393-8592.

“The Hearts of Heroes,” a television show, that showcases the stories of men and women braving natural disasters with on...
10/28/2020

“The Hearts of Heroes,” a television show, that showcases the stories of men and women braving natural disasters with one goal: to rescue the victims and help restore their lives. The show will feature the Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services and will air the documentary that showcases the Monumental United Methodist Church fire and restoration this Saturday (10-31-20) at 11 a.m. on our local ABC channel (13News Now WVEC). Use the link for a clip from the Hearts of Heroes page.
https://fb.watch/1p6EPrHxHS/

10/27/2020
Virtual City Council Meeting

C I T Y C O U N C I L A G E N D A

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 7:00 p.m.
Virtual Meeting
Portsmouth, Virginia (Facebook Live)

CALL TO ORDER

ROLL CALL

MINUTES (Roll Call)

*CITY COUNCIL RULES REQUIRE A LIMIT OF UP TO THREE (3) MINUTES TO SPEAK*

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

20 - 237 - Rezoning:

Ordinance granting the request of Harry Milner to rezone 3509 Towne Point Road from High Density Urban Residential, UR-H, to Neighborhood Mixed Use, NMU, to combine the property with 3507 Towne Point Road of which is zoned Neighborhood Mixed Use, NMU, for a medical building or flex office space. (Z-20-05) (First Reading Vote: 7-0 Approved) (Roll Call Vote)

CITY MANAGER’S REPORT

20-248 Adoption of an ordinance accepting $20,000.00 of Community Development Block Grant program income and $26,945.00 of HOME Investment Partnerships program income and appropriating said amounts in the FY 2021 Community Planning and Development Program Fund. (Roll Call Vote)

20-249 Adoption of an ordinance appropriating $2,897,149 that was reserved by Ordinance 2019-107 from the Fund Balance of the General Fund to the FY 2021 General Fund Budget and transferring and appropriating said $2,897,149 from the FY 2021 General Fund Budget to the FY 2021 Portsmouth Public Schools Risk Management Fund Budget. (Roll Call Vote)

20-250 Adoption of an ordinance accepting local overtime surge funding in the amount of $90,000 from the Virginia Department of Social Services and appropriating said funds in the FY 2021 Social Services Fund for use by DSS to pay eligible staff costs resulting from COVID-19. (Roll Call Vote)

20-251 Adoption of an ordinance accepting State Opioid Response II funding in the amount of $410,000 from the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and appropriating said funds in the FY 2021 Grants Fund for use by the Department of BHS. (Roll Call Vote)




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20-252 Adoption of an ordinance accepting CARES Act CDBG funds in the amount of $426,191 and appropriating said sum in the FY 2021 Community Planning and Development Fund Budget for use in preventing, preparing for, and responding to COVID-19. (Roll Call Vote)

20-253 Adoption of an ordinance: (1) establishing a new project in the FY 2021 Public Utilities Capital Improvement Fund called the West Norfolk Road Water Upgrade Project; (2) transferring and appropriating $1,150,000 in appropriation authority from the Low Pressure Transmission Main Project in the FY 2021 Public Utilities Capital Improvement Fund Budget to the West Norfolk Water Upgrade Project; (3) appropriating $1,150,000 from the Fund Balance of the General Fund to the FY 2021 General Fund Budget; and (4) transferring and appropriating the said $1,150,000 from the FY 2021 General Fund Budget to the West Norfolk Road Water Upgrade Project. (Roll Call Vote)

20-254 Adoption of an ordinance authorizing the appropriation of $1,469,000 from the General Fund – Fund Balance to the Non-Departmental, Benefits-Retiree Supplement line item in the FY 2021 General Fund budget for the purpose of funding a one-time supplement in the gross amount of $1,500 to beneficiaries under the Portsmouth Supplemental Retirement System and the Fire and Police Retirement System. (Roll Call Vote)

20-255 Adoption of an ordinance accepting Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team Cost Recovery Funds in the amount of $1005.58 from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and appropriating said sum in the FY 2021 Grants Fund for use by the Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services. (Roll Call Vote)

20-256 Adoption of an ordinance accepting State Homeland Security Program grant funds in the amount of $20,800 from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and appropriating said funds in the FY 2021 Grants Fund for use by the Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services. (Roll Call Vote)

20-257 Adoption of an ordinance accepting Aid-To-Localities funding in the amount of $364,085 from the Virginia Department of Fire Programs and appropriating said funds in the FY 2021 Grants Fund for use by the Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services. (Roll Call Vote)

20-258 Adoption of a resolution authorizing the conveyance of 1024, 1102, 1104, 1112 and 1101 Fifth Street to the Economic Development Authority. (Roll Call Vote)

20-259 Adoption of a resolution authorizing the grant of a utility easement encumbering a 15 square foot portion of 2 Crawford Parkway to Virginia Electric and Power Company d/b/a Dominion Energy Virginia. (Roll Call Vote)

20-260 Adoption of a resolution supporting a SMART SCALE Application for the City of Portsmouth Transit Station project. (Roll Call Vote)

20-261 Adoption of a resolution supporting a SMART SCALE Application for the City of Portsmouth Greenwood Park and Ride Lot Project. (Roll Call Vote)






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NEW BUSINESS

20-262 Boards and Commissions (Roll Call Vote)
20-263 Items Submitted by Council Members
20-264 Report on Pending Items
20-265 Non-Agenda Speakers

ADJOURNMENT

Election message . . . UPDATE
10/27/2020

Election message . . . UPDATE

The VDH will be conducting routine maintenance to its external website (www.vdh.virginia.gov) Saturday, October 31, betw...
10/27/2020

The VDH will be conducting routine maintenance to its external website (www.vdh.virginia.gov) Saturday, October 31, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. During this time, the website as well as the COVID-19 data dashboards will be unavailable. For more info on COVID-19 during VDH website routine maintenance visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

The municipal offices of the City of Portsmouth will be closed in observance of the Election Day Holiday Tuesday, Novemb...
10/27/2020

The municipal offices of the City of Portsmouth will be closed in observance of the Election Day Holiday Tuesday, November 3. As a reminder, City offices, libraries, museums, and recreation centers are currently closed to the public due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Good Tuesday morning, Portsmouth family. Got your Halloween costume together yet?
10/27/2020

Good Tuesday morning, Portsmouth family. Got your Halloween costume together yet?

We received a few messages about an issue with a link for the 2020 Portsmouth Economic Development Survey. We reached ou...
10/26/2020

We received a few messages about an issue with a link for the 2020 Portsmouth Economic Development Survey. We reached out to PED and they sent the link below. Please remember to clear your cache and use the link below. Thanks for your participation.
https://www.accessportsmouthva.com/pedsurvey2020

Timeline Photos
10/26/2020

Timeline Photos

The Portsmouth Economic Development Department has launched a survey for public input. The survey is open to the entire ...
10/26/2020

The Portsmouth Economic Development Department has launched a survey for public input. The survey is open to the entire Portsmouth Community and the Hampton Roads region. Use the link to take the survey . . .http://ow.ly/97Ym50BRlIo survey will be open until Nov. 5, 2020.

Address

801 Crawford Street
Portsmouth, VA
23704

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(757) 393-8000

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Comments

What ever happened to the water taxi?!?! The owner's name was Squire I believe....
Waiting for the link to appear magically.
These politicians running Hampton Roads need to be shown the door. All of them. Both of my buses home are not running, because its a Sunday, and apparently its still the 1950s in Hampton Roads. Like, no one has to go anywhere on a Sunday?! Dafuq is wrong with ya’ll.
Good afternoon Portsmouth. In the wake of covid 19 and potential long lines, would it be possible to get drop off ballot boxes at voting precincts to encourage social distancing and for those who may not have access to the drop box at city hall?
Where's the link for the special virtual called meeting at noon today?
So excited to share with you our latest commercial.. https://youtu.be/6dnDUgHMnqU Richmond to Portsmouth Wanderlove Tourism Spot Weekend Trip Portsmouth Tourism Virginia
PORTSMOUTH WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IF THE PLACE WASNT OVER RAN BY DRUG DEALERS, THUGS AND GANGS.
Sad that city employees are fearful of expressing their political opinions as they fear losing their jobs. Wow is racism rampant in this city......
ActionLink through Acosta is seeking Overnight Merchandisers to join our retail team and help execute household hardware related merchandising reset services and new display installations in Lowe's. We are looking for someone who is very hands-on and enjoys physical/interactive work. QUALIFICATIONS: • Background Check Required • Prior retail experience as a merchandiser or stocker strongly preferred • Physical ability to stand, walk, stoop, climb ladders, bend/kneel, and lift up to 50lbs. for longer periods of time • Willing to travel to stores typically within a 1-hour radius (some additional store assignments are 1 – 3 hours away with hotel accommodations provided weekly) • Available to work overnight Sun-Thurs • Forklift certification a plus START DATE: August 10th, 2020 or ASAP LOCATION: Newport News, VA (23602) SCHEDULE: -40 hours per week for six weeks per store assignment (potential to work longer than 6 weeks!) -Sunday-Thursday -OVERNIGHT SHIFT 9 PM- 6AM (including a one hour lunch break) If interested and available or know someone that may be, email [email protected] or call 602-585-3702. Please include: 1. Full name and best contact information 2. Availability 3. Updated Resume 5. In the Subject Line of your Email: “Newport News- Reset”
Something to think about.... Our city officials, along with our school board have done, and continue to do their business via Zoom meetings to ensure safety and social distancing. So, why is it not safe for them to meet in person, but it is perfectly acceptable and safe for our teachers and students to return?
I just heard on the radio that a principal character from "Gone With the Wind" just died. I lived in Portsmouth for about 10 years from the mid 90's to the mid 2000's. There was this legend or town myth that someone who was in "Gone With the Wind" lived in Portsmouth around that time. What I heard was this person lived like an everyday person, and not how you would expect. It seemed like everybody who told me, or who I heard from about this just heard it from someone else. They never actually saw this person. Does this person actually exist?
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