What's the view from Havre de Grace?
Residents and curious onlookers alike can now get a front-row seat to the city's acclaimed Promenade and one of the most breathtaking panoramas of the upper Chesapeake Bay, thanks to a live webcam launched Wednesday from the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum.
The city unveiled the live camera on its tourism website at www.explorehavredegrace.com/live/ and city leaders say they hope the new, 24/7 view of the water from the "Decoy Cam" helps remind people what Havre de Grace is all about.
"I see it as bringing a little bit of Havre de Grace home to you, on your smartphone or your laptop," Patrick Sypolt, the city's director of administration, said.
The camera is mounted on the second floor of the Decoy Museum, off Giles Street and near Millard Tydings Park, where it can view the Promenade and the famed Susquehanna Flats beyond it.
The tourism website announced: "Enjoy this truly spectacular view across the Susquehanna Flats and Chesapeake Bay broadcasting live from the second floor deck of the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum. Plan a visit soon and Discover Your Maryland in Havre de Grace!"
Sypolt said the camera is a collaborative effort within city administration and with the museum. He said Mayor Bill Martin has been heavily promoting tourism initiatives of all stripes.
"I know the mayor's had a vision for things like this; I know the IT department knows how to make it happen," Sypolt said. "We took the mayor's vision and made it a reality."
Jeff Thompson, manager of the city's Office of Information Technology, helped get the camera up and running.
"It's just a beautiful vista," Sypolt said. "I think [the camera] crosses the line of all demographics, people who want to live here, people who want to visit and people who used to live here."
Kerri Kneisley, executive director of the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, said she is glad to have the webcam on her building.
"We are very honored that the city chose to put the decoy cam here," she said. "I can't think of a better view, so it's nice that now others will have that view as well."