Start here at VPAP.org to find out who represents YOU in Virginia Legislature. (opens in new tab)
Then email your Senator & Delegate & let them know you OPPOSE 229 Virginia Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Experiment Station Priority 1 Relocate Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center $75,000,001 to $100,000,000 in HB1843 SB1068 Capital Outlay Plan.
Then share your email under “Discuss” at bottom of this page: https://savearec.com/the-legislation/
Please also COMMENT at House Appropriations Official Comment page.
Here is how to COMMENT:
Start here to visit official House Appropriations page: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?231+com+H02
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Click on “Comments on bills” then “Scroll or swipe above to see all bills that may not be showing.” and find HB1843. Then “Check each committee bill you want to provide written testimony on and then click the next button below.”.
Start here to view YOUR “Public Comments for: HB1843 – Capital outlay plan; updates the six-year capital outlay for projects to be funded.” so far. https://hodspeak.house.virginia.gov/committees/H02/bills/HB1843/comments (opens in new tab)
Current & future generations will thank YOU for taking the time to help #SaveAREC !
2 thoughts on “Please CONTACT your legislator now and ask them to OPPOSE item 229 Virginia Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Experiment Station Priority 1 Relocate Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center.”
I oppose moving the agricultural center, item 229, from its location at Northhampton / Diamond Springs. This is a central location for the Northern Virginia Beach / Eastern Shore patrons and an easy commute for others who use their resources. There are many other parcels in the City that could be purchased and rehabbed with the money. We don’t need to over-burden another intersection with an over-sized development or shopping center. Clean up the messes we already have before spending a dime on tearing up a lovely, working, green space in our City.
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I am OPPOSED to relocating the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research Extension Center to the Pungo area at cost of around $100 million. AREC on Diamond Springs Road has been providing agricultural services easily accessible to the urban Tidewater area for years, and is being used by thousands of Tidewater residents. AREC has many trees that mitigate the urban heat island effect, and clean the air and water before it runs off into the Chesapeake Bay. I have spotted flocks of Eastern Bluebirds as well as native Grey Foxes many times during my visit to this area. It just isn’t right that this soothing patch of green be handed over to a developer that is ultimately at taxpayer expense.
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