Watch: Va. Beach Mayor Will Sessoms responds to Bruce Smith’s race issue claims

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Mayor Will Sessoms spoke with News 3 Wednesday evening in response to Bruce Smith's comments on race issues within the city.

In November the former NFL player wrote an open letter to Sessoms saying race may be an issue in the city as he has been denied several business opportunities.

In his letter, Smith wrote he has been trying to open up an Oceanfront business for a decade.

In a previous statement to News 3, Sessoms said:

“I have enormous respect for Bruce Smith and his many achievements. And I know we share a common goal: to make Virginia Beach the very best it can be. That means being inclusive and ensuring opportunity for all.  It also means seeking quality investments that bring jobs, boost our local economy, and add something unique to our community. I look forward to seeing proposals he might have for future projects. Virginia Beach is open for business.”

Sessoms did not go into detail about the proposed disparity project.