Waterfront residents oppose growth

December 12, 1993|By Angela Winter Ney | Angela Winter Ney,Staff Writer

Residents of a Severna Park waterfront community voted overwhelmingly last week against a proposed marina expansion they said would spoil the view.

At a meeting Tuesday, residents voted 93-34 against a proposal to expand the marina by 18 slips.

"We won. We're very pleased," says John Venizelos, a waterfront resident who has opposed the expansion. "We along the water are really thankful to all the residents who came together."

The marina has 186 slips and wishes to add 18 slips on the western side, stretching up the river about another 70 feet.

The vote does not prevent marina expansion. It does mean the developer will have to seek county approval in the face of considerable community opposition.

Charles Collett of the Magothy Marina Limited Partnership could not be reached for comment.

Expansion opponents said they'll testify at public hearings and take Mr. Collett to court if he doesn't change his mind.

Other residents said they are proud of the marina and regret the tension among homeowners.

"The marina is one reason my husband and I moved to the community -- the marina is important to our lifestyle," said Carol Neall, chairwoman of the board of directors of the Magothy Marina Condominium Association.

Mr. Collett offered this fall to buy an acre of land and donate it to the community association if its members would support the expansion.

Residents near the marina complained that the expansion would affect the views that attracted them to the community in the first place.

Other community members, including the association's board of directors, supported the exchange because the community would receive the area's last buildable piece of land, worth about $150,000.

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