Marina's building plan irks residents Civic group wants to stop breakwater construction in Magothy River

November 30, 1995|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

A proposal by the owner of a Severna Park marina to replace a 360-foot breakwater in the Magothy River has rekindled a feud between the marina and its neighbors.

The Manhattan Beach Civic Association has asked the Board of Appeals to freeze the county Permit Application Center's decision to allow Magothy Marina to build a new wave screen.

The Board of Appeals will meet at 6:30 p.m. today in the County Council chambers of the Arundel Center at 44 Calvert St. in Annapolis.

The 520-member civic group filed the appeal to protest what it considers a blatant attempt to use the wave screen as a means to expand the marina with little regard for the residents of Manhattan Beach, said Richard W. McClelland, a member of the civic group's board of directors.

"Our community has decided that it does not want further expansion of the marina," Mr. McClelland said. "It's wrong."

Magothy Marina wants to plant a series of 10-foot-tall wooden planks in the riverbed to soften the impact of crashing waves. The boards would stand 3 to 4 feet above water level and would be connected by wooden links.

The planks, which have a 4-inch space between them, would provide a sturdy buffer against the waves that can cause extensive damage to boats docked at piers, said Victoria Shiroky, manager of the marina.

"I don't think anyone should have a problem with trying to protect boats with a wave screen," she said. "We're protecting someone's investment. It's like putting up a fence around a home to keep the dogs out and the kids in."

Ms. Shiroky said the existing wave screen has served the marina well, but time and the elements have weakened it and forced the marina to replace it.

But Mr. McClelland said the wave screen isn't necessary.

"They could have constructed an adequate wave breaker beneath the existing wave screen," he said. "Instead, you end up with the obvious intent of creating more slips."

But Charles Collett, a member of a group that owns the marina, called such an idea "dumb."

"We would have to rip the entire boardwalk up to do that," Mr. Collett said. "It would be astronomically expensive and incredibly dumb."

Mr. McClelland said the new wave screen would include eight new slips, which would violate a March 17, 1986, agreement with the association that prohibited the building of slips on the east side of the marina.

But Mr. Collett said the new wave screen would not include new slips.

"That is absolutely untrue," he said. "It's an ongoing repair of an existing wave screen. It does not change the intended use of the wave screen, and it does not mean more slips."

Mr. Collett said he was surprised by the appeal, which was the first sign of trouble between the marina and the association since a 1985 lawsuit filed by the civic group protesting the marina's expansion.

"We have not had a problem with the community since that," said Mr. Collett. He said the lawsuit was dropped after the marina agreed to pay the association $30,000 for limited expansion. "The marina tries its [hardest] to be a good neighbor."


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