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Sandbridge for Everyone was created by the SBBA to ensure Virginia Beach adopts & enforces reasonable regulations to maintain a peaceful environment while not threatening the viability of the rental market that is a hallmark of the community.

It is vital that citizens, whether they live in or outside Sandbridge, recognize how important the vacation industry is to the economy of the City and make their feelings known to their elected representatives.

The Sandbridge Beach Business Association and its members are proud that each and every day, local realtors, business owners and the community as a whole work diligently to ensure that Sandbridge is for Everyone.

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Sandbridge for Everyone: Owner/Renter Derek Edgar

As a homeowner and renter, Derek Edgar has a vested interest in the Sandbridge community. His home is one of the nearly 900 that is rented out each year. Hear more of Derek's story and why he believes Sandbridge is for Everyone in the video below.

Posted by Sandbridge for Everyone on Friday, June 23, 2017
Sandbridge for Everyone: Patrick Keenan, Siebert Realty

“Sandbridge for everybody means literally just that. There is a place in Sandbridge for all the activities that we want to do - both residential, rental, the sports enthusiast, the nature enthusiast, the day-trippers coming to the beach just to enjoy toes in the sand" - Patrick Keenan, President, Siebert Realty Check out video to hear why Patrick believes Sandbridge is for Everyone!

Posted by Sandbridge for Everyone on Thursday, June 29, 2017
Sandbridge For Everyone: Jill Franklin, Renter

Jill Franklin visited Sandbridge from Ohio for the first time in May 2017 with all nine of her brothers and sisters and their spouses. It was the first time the family had been brought together in years! Check out the video to see why they choose to come to Sandbridge! #SandbridgeForEveryone

Posted by Sandbridge for Everyone on Monday, July 10, 2017
Sandbridge for Everyone!

The message is clear! Sandbridge is for Everyone! #SandbrigeForEveryone

Posted by Sandbridge for Everyone on Thursday, July 20, 2017
Sandbridge for Everyone: Kathy Davis, Sandbridge Blue

Kathy Davis, Rental Property Manager at Sandbridge Blue Vacation Rentals shares how real estate companies in the community are working together to ensure Sandbridge is for Everyone!

Posted by Sandbridge for Everyone on Monday, July 31, 2017
Sandbridge has a 50-year history of vacation rentals, averaging 17,000 annually, which generate millions of dollars in tax revenue each year along with many private sector jobs and goodwill for Virginia Beach. In fact, of the $5.6-million the City collects in transient occupancy tax from 1,100 + homes, roughly 80% comes from Sandbridge.

The rental market there continues to grow. In 1998, the overall real estate assessment for Sandbridge was $206-million; last year, it was projected to be $1.1-billion.

Almost all of the nearly 900 homes available each summer are leased through one of four real estate firms in Sandbridge. The majority of rentals in Sandbridge are seven night stays. Short-term rentals, or stays less than seven nights, comprise just 10% of all occupancies. Each of the local rental companies thoroughly reviews renters and the reason for their visit prior to approving their stay. While the majority of visitors come to the area for family vacations, if an event such as a wedding does occur, the rental companies have personnel available day and night to monitor noise, traffic and litter, and close down parties when there are legitimate complaints.

Proposals for stricter regulations are under frequent consideration by the City, even though the issues that prompt them have actually diminished over the past three years, due primarily to the diligence of realty firms. In fact, calls to police have decreased, comprising only 3% of the total nuisance calls in Virginia Beach.

If stricter regulations do pass, it would not only affect those who vacation in Sandbridge but more important, the local economy. A lack of tourists would impact the amount spent on food, shopping, entertainment and more, not only in Sandbridge but also Red Mill, the oceanfront and other areas. Hundreds of people employed by local businesses would be affected as well. For the residents of Sandbridge, property values would decrease by significant amount (estimated 40% or more).

Guests renting homes in Sandbridge recognize that they share the neighborhood with full time residents and are respectful and grateful to them for maintaining the beauty and harmony of the community.

It is vital that citizens, whether they live in or outside Sandbridge, recognize how important the vacation industry is to the economy of the City and make their feelings known to their elected representatives.

The Sandbridge Beach Business Association and its members are proud that each and every day, local realtors, business owners and the community as a whole work diligently to ensure that Sandbridge is for Everyone.
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