Lago Mar, Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Lago Mar
Neighborhood
Official seal of Lago Mar
Seal

Nickname(s): "Gateway to Virginia's Outer Banks"

Entrance to Lago Mar
Lago Mar is located in Virginia
Lago Mar
Lago Mar
Location within the Commonwealth of Virginia
Coordinates: 36°45′00″N 75°59′00″W / 36.75000°N 75.98333°W / 36.75000; -75.98333Coordinates: 36°45′00″N 75°59′00″W / 36.75000°N 75.98333°W / 36.75000; -75.98333
Elevation 3 m (10 ft)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 23456
Area code(s) 757
Website Lago Mar Civic League

Lago Mar (sometimes spelled Lagomar or LagoMar) is a neighborhood on the north end of the Currituck Sound in the Princess Anne area of southeastern Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States. The name translated from Spanish to English means "lake" and "ocean". It is derived from its' proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Tecumseh (originally known as "Salt Pond" and later "Brinson's Inlet Lake"), as well as from the neighboring community of Ocean Lakes. The street names within Lago Mar are also of Spanish origin.

Geography[edit]

An inlet of the Currituck Sound in Lago Mar

Lago Mar lies between Nimmo Road and Sandbridge Road near Sandbridge in southern Virginia Beach. Sandbridge Road, which forms Lago Mar's southern border, is currently the only public road to access the north end of the Currituck Banks Peninsula. Heading east on Sandbridge Road, Lago Mar is the last neighborhood before entering Sandbridge itself, making Lago Mar "The Gateway to Virginia's Outer Banks". This road is also part of Virginia Beach's "Green Line", which is its boundary for urban growth.[1] Thus Lago Mar lies just where urban conveniences transition into the rural forests and farms of the south.

To the west is the Red Mill Farms area of Princess Anne, which includes the Red Mill Commons shopping complex. To the north is Scopus Marsh and Lake Tecumseh, and beyond that the neighborhood of Ocean Lakes and the Navy's Training Support Center at Dam Neck. To the south lies the Back Bay, the area known as Sigma and the historic village of Pungo. The Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge borders to the east,[2] and there are plans to extend Nimmo Trail through the refuge giving bicyclists and pedestrians access between Lago Mar and Sandbridge Beach.[3]

The area currently known as Lago Mar was inhabited at least as early as the late 1700s. A grave site off Nimmo Trail marks the resting place of three "Stone Brothers" who lived around the turn of the 19th century. Nimmo Trail serves as a dividing line for school districts and voting precincts. The portion of Lago Mar north of Nimmo Trail is also known as Lago Mar Back Bay.

Education and recreation[edit]

When Princess Anne County officially became the City of Virginia Beach in 1963, it was divided into seven boroughs. Lago Mar is in the area formerly known as Princess Anne Borough. In the late 1990s, the city replaced the boroughs with seven Council Districts. Lago Mar is in District 7, known as Princess Anne District.[4] The district comprises the entire southern portion of the city, and is currently represented in city council by Barbara Henley.

Lago Mar is represented by two voting districts. Sigma Precinct 31 includes Lago Mar south of Nimmo Trail as well as Sigma and Sandbridge. Lago Mar north of Nimmo Trail is included along with portions of Ocean Lakes and Dam Neck in Culver Precinct 63.

The area's public school students attend Red Mill Elementary School[5] and Princess Anne Middle School[6] before moving on to Kellam[7] (Lago Mar south of Nimmo Trail) or Ocean Lakes[8] (Lago Mar Back Bay) High School.

One of three city parks in Lago Mar

Lago Mar is built around Ashville Bridge Creek, which is an inlet of the Back Bay and is affected by the same wind-driven tides. The entire area is in the Back Bay watershed (which is just a small portion of the larger Albemarle watershed according to the US Environmental Protection Agency). In addition to bordering the Wildlife Refuge, Lago Mar has three family parks within its borders where residents may enjoy playgrounds, picnics, or tennis courts. Many residents frequent the local Hell's Point Golf Club,[9] which is at the southeast end of the neighborhood. Bicycling, jogging and walking are other common activities on both Nimmo Trail and the "Lago Mar Loop."[10]

The community Civic League sponsors several annual events, including a 4th of July parade and picnic as well as an Oktoberfest picnic. Many residents are involved in or enjoy attending area festivals, including Pungo's famous Strawberry Festival, the annual Peach Festival on nearby Knotts Island and the Neptune Festival at the Oceanfront.

Climate and vegetation[edit]

Like much of the Southeastern United States,the Lago Mar community of Virginia Beach has a humid subtropical climate, characterized by short, relatively mild winters and long, hot and humid summers. Primarily because of its close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and location south of the Chesapeake Bay, temperatures are more moderate than those inland, with winters being warmer and with less snow.

Annually, Lago Mar residents can expect about 3 inches of snow (although many years can pass without measurable snow) and 54 inches of rain. Rainfall is abundant throughout the year, but the wettest season is summer, and the driest season is winter. The annual average high temperature is 71 °F (22 °C) and the average low temperature is 55 °F (13 °C). During an average year, the extremes are 100 °F (38 °C) being the hottest, and 18 °F (-8 °C) being the coldest.

A street scene in Lago Mar

High temperatures top 86 °F (30 °C) a total of 83 times during an average year, and top 90 °F an average 47 times. Residents can also expect freezing temperatures approximately 26 times a year, with December 7 and March 3 being the average first and last freeze dates.[11] Average dates with possibility of a hard freeze (28 °F or below) are December 23 through February 17. Average dates with a possibility of frost (37 °F or below) are November 21 through March 26, giving Lago Mar an average growing season of 240 days or more.

Lago Mar is in USDA hardiness zone 8,[12] Sunset climate zone 31 (Interior Plains of Gulf Coast and Coastal Southeast),[13] and AHS Heat Zone 7.[14] Most of Lago Mar is in Ecoregion 63d (Virginian Barrier Islands and Coastal Marshes) except a small corner in the southwest which is in 63b (Chesapeake-Pamlico Lowlands and Tidal Marshes).[15] The National Gardening Association lists Lago Mar in the Lower South region.[16]

A wide variety of plants flourish here and can be seen growing throughout the neighborhood, including Camellias, Oleanders, Azaleas and Gardenias. Trees include Sabal, Pindo, and Windmill palms, hardy banana and citrus, persimmons, crepe myrtles, and various magnolia, cherry blossom and fig trees. Loblolly pine, live oak, wax myrtle, and many other indigenous plants are prevalent as well. Much of Lago Mar is well established and there are plants in bloom throughout the year.

Climate data for Lago Mar, Virginia Beach, VA (1997-2014)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 79
(26)
82
(28)
88
(31)
94
(34)
95
(35)
103
(39)
104
(40)
102
(39)
98
(37)
96
(36)
86
(30)
82
(28)
104
(40)
Average high °F (°C) 52
(11)
54
(12)
62
(17)
71
(22)
79
(26)
86
(30)
89
(32)
88
(31)
82
(28)
73
(23)
63
(17)
55
(13)
71.2
(21.8)
Average low °F (°C) 36
(2)
38
(3)
43
(6)
52
(11)
61
(16)
69
(21)
74
(23)
73
(23)
68
(20)
57
(14)
47
(8)
40
(4)
54.8
(12.6)
Record low °F (°C) 13
(−11)
18
(−8)
22
(−6)
33
(1)
42
(6)
51
(11)
60
(16)
60
(16)
52
(11)
37
(3)
28
(−2)
17
(−8)
13
(−11)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.39
(86.106)
3.29
(83.566)
3.5
(88.90)
4.06
(103.124)
4.28
(108.712)
4.93
(125.222)
6.42
(163.068)
6.21
(157.734)
6.29
(159.766)
4.17
(105.918)
3.69
(93.726)
4.1
(104.14)
54.33
(1,379.982)
Snowfall inches (mm) 2.06
(52.324)
0.46
(11.684)
0.09
(2.286)
0.01
(0.254)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0.85
(21.59)
3.47
(88.138)
Source: Lago Mar Weather

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Virginia Beach Shallow Ground-Water Study". U.S. Geological Survey. 7 December 2004. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Map". U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Back Bay Refuge Trail". Virginia Beach Government. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Main Map". City of Virginia Beach. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Red Mill Elementary School". 
  6. ^ "Princess Anne Middle School". 
  7. ^ "Kellam High School". 
  8. ^ "Ocean Lakes High School". 
  9. ^ "Hell's Point Golf Club". Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Lago Mar Loop". Trimble Outdoors. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "Virginia Beach Weather". Weather Underground. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "USDA Climate Map". USDA. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Sunset Garden Climate Zones". Sunset. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "AHS Heat Zone Map". American Horticultural Society. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  15. ^ "Virginia Ecoregions Map". plantmaps.com. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "National Gardening Association Regional Map". National Gardening Association. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 

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