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Concerned Citizens of Turkey Neck

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THE STORY:

The State of Maryland has authorized the purchase of .96 acre for $1,050,000 to begin building a state park on a wetland at Turkey Neck on Deep Creek Lake. Not only is the state paying 3-times the rate for a lot—a fact that by itself should raise suspicion, but the parcel also contains a wetland and is locked between two residential neighborhoods. The State has approved this waste of taxpayer dollars when these funds could be better spent keeping the schools open in the county, improving aging facilities, and infrastructure at the existing DCL State Park or addressing the lake’s deteriorating environmental health. The initial plan is to build a parking lot, some sort of boat launch, restrooms using a glorified septic tank system, all while leaving the park unattended. It makes no sense to build this facility in an area where the DNR is actively fighting invasive species. In addition to destroy- ing wetlands, a public boat launch will promote further environmental degradation through sediment pollution and the introduction of new invasive species. This unsupervised public access will also create a safety hazard by introducing a boat launch in one of the narrowest parts of the lake–an area proportionate to the span of the 219 bridge–and adding to already dangerous levels of boat congestion. The deal was purposefully kept secret knowing the public would not support this ill-conceived project. Why would the State buy a small wetlands property for more than three times what it is worth, just to destroy it with a parking lot, launch, and restrooms? –Concerned Citizens of Turkey Neck on Deep Creek Lake

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