Community Series: Chick's Beach - Virginia Beach
Chesapeake Beach, also known as Chic's Beach (and Chicks Beach by non-locals), is a stretch of beaches running about two miles from the Lynnhaven Inlet to just west of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in Virginia Beach.
What originated as a lookout post during war, the beaches eventually turned to more recreational activities. The area developed in the early 1900s as a beachfront residential community. Chic's was a place where you could pick up limeade and an ice cream. Eventually, this site became what was Alexanders on the Bay.
The terms Chic's and Chick' Beach have stuck. It is a diverse area consisting of beach cottages, condominiums, townhouses, duplexes, apartments, and single-family homes. The neighborhoods of Baylake Pines and Baylake Beach hug the east side of the community, although the popularity of the Chicks Beach area has those in Ocean Park claiming a piece of it as well. The beach community is bordered on the south by Shore Drive. Shore Drive is one of the corridors leading to the tourist destination of the Virginia Beach oceanfront and is currently undergoing many improvements to the biking and jogging trails. Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base caps the west side of this community, merging longer stretches of undeveloped, protected beaches which harbor dolphin and other marine life.
Also famous in this little stretch was the "Pleasure House"...where the partiers of olden days gathered for gossiping, gambling and whatever. This is also where the longest bay-bridge connects to the Eastern shore, across the Chesapeake Bay. (The Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel)
The residents of this community enjoy less public traffic due to restricted parking and a relatively unknown-about neighborhood. The favorite activities of these neighborhoods include boating the four lakes winding through the area, jet skiing, kayaking, walking the beach and sailing on the Bay.
In 2016, John B. Dey Elementary ranked better than 89.4% of elementary schools in Virginia. It also ranked 9th among 53 ranked elementary schools in the Va Beach City Public Schools District.
In 2016, Thoroughgood Elementary ranked better than 96.6% of elementary schools in Virginia. It also ranked 3rd among 53 ranked elementary schools in the Va Beach City Public Schools District.
In 2016, Hermitage Elementary ranked better than 83.9% of elementary schools in Virginia. It also ranked 11th among 53 ranked elementary schools in the Va Beach City Public Schools District
In 2016, Great Neck Middle ranked better than 96.5% of middle schools in Virginia. It also ranked 2nd among 14 ranked middle schools in the Va Beach City Public Schools District
In 2016, Frank W. Cox High ranked worse than 74.4% of high schools in Virginia. It also ranked 6th among 11 ranked high schools in the Va Beach City Public Schools District
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