VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) — Grammy-award winner and Virginia Beach native Pharrell Williams has big ideas for Hampton Roads, and on Tuesday night, city council members showed their initial support for them.

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The council gave its okay to move forward with the process that could bring a Williams’ proposed festival, Something in the Water, to the area. There are more steps to take before it would become a reality.

A vote on whether the event actually should take place likely will come in January after city council members are presented with logistical plans.

Williams said the name reflects what the world knows about Virginia: “there’s something special in the Hampton Roads water,” creating some of the most impactful artists, scientists, athletes, and entrepreneurs.

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