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City Dock plan is wrong for Annapolis

The City Dock Master Plan for Annapolis may have been on the planning table for two years, but that doesn't mean it is supported by the citizens of Annapolis ("City dock plans restores the luster of Annapolis' crown jewel," July 18).

Since when must we question the integrity of respected organizations like Historic Annapolis Inc., the Ward One Residents Association, the U.S. Yacht Shows and others who are contributors to the well-being of the community of Annapolis?

Private citizens from all sectors are speaking out against a potential public disaster. They are asking for a comprehensive study on flooding, parking, traffic and economic impact before they are willing to approve anything. They are interested in holding dialogue, and they have not been heard.

The City Dock is a great open space that presently is protected by Waterfront Maritime Conservation zoning instituted in 1987. Because of this zoning, Annapolitans and visitors alike still enjoy complete access to their historic and maritime heritage.

If the Master Plan were approved, one fears a domino effect of building on the shorelines of our idyllic state capital. The proposed new zoning would divide the current open space of the dock into "open space" and "mixed use" areas.

"Mixed use" waterfront zoning would permit the introduction of restaurants, liquor stores, condos and offices right in the middle of a space that is presently used as a friendly "town square."

There is definitely room for compromise, even on new construction, but the "compromise" offered for Compromise Street was a structure which exceeded the city building height code.

Outside interests are standing in the way of progress. The question is: Will the community get its way or will the developers? Let the dialogue begin.

Claudia Lane, Baltimore

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