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Tourists have new center

A golden pineapple -- the colonial symbol for hospitality -- adorns the entrance to The Visitors Center, the new tourism center at 26 West St.

State, county, city and Naval Academy officials were on hand yesterday for the grand opening of the center, which will be staffed daily by two volunteers.

The full-service visitors center provides brochures and information on restaurants, hotels and attractions in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and the rest of the state.

The center is operated by the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitors Bureau, a public-private partnership that is the marketing arm for the tourism industry.

The center includes a 12-foot replica of the Thomas Point Light, a model of the Annapolis Historic District and a slide montage of the Chesapeake Bay. A video, "Destination Annapolis," provides overview of the city.

In addition, the center will offer a direct reservation line for hotels and restaurants. The city and county donated $100,000 to renovate the center.

It will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

Police seize marijuana growing in field

County police seized five marijuana plants Tuesday that were growing in a Davidsonville field.

Narcotics officers said they received an anonymous tip that the plants were growing in a field along La Valle Drive, the report said.

The plants were about three feet high with a potential street value of $1,900.

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