The Annapolis name is a gold mine, and an alderman wants the city toprotect its riches.
The name, says Aldermen Ellen O. Moyer, translates into instant recognition throughout the nation and much of the world, as well as prestige and bigger profits for businesses with an Annapolis address.
Problem is, many of those who list an Annapolis address aren't part of the city, says the Ward 8 Democrat.
Though they're outside the city, they benefit from the prestigious address without paying city taxes, causing Annapolis to lose business and jobs to suburbs like Parole.
"We have to stop the greed of outsiders trading on our name," said Moyer, who joined other aldermen in approving a resolution to ask the U.S. Postal Service to forbid use of the Annapolis ZIP codeoutside city limits.
The resolution, which the City Council passed Monday night, 4-3, says the current ZIP code system not only allowsoutsiders to capitalize on the city's "good name" but also is "nullifying the unique character of the city of Annapolis" and turning the city into "a vaguely described geographical area."
But John R. Hammond, R-Ward 1, called the resolution an "effort to copyright the name Annapolis" and said it would sour relations with the county government and surrounding com- munities.
"This resolution is the height of parochialism," Hammond said. "In this day and age, when we're trying to build cooperative relations with governments, we're going to goout and pour gas on the fire and say this is our Annapolis and only our Annapolis."
Hammond then counted off businesses in the Yellow Pages that list Annapolis addresses but sit outside the city's boundaries. He said he found three pages' worth.
"Does this mean we're going to have to move Annapolis Mall?" he said.
Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins apparently found the alderman's spiel convincing.
The mayor had co-sponsored the resolution but then voted against it, saying he agreed with Hammond.
Hopkins said he just couldn't see taking away anybody's Annapolis address.
"It's like me saying to one of my five children, 'I don't want you carrying the Hopkins name anymore,' " the mayor said.