Board to consider appeal of order against boats Couple accused of running brokerage, marina at their home

January 24, 1996|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

An Arnold couple will ask the county Board of Appeals today to overturn an administrative order to shut down a boat brokerage they are accused of operating from their home off Deep Creek.

The county Department of Planning and Code Enforcement issued the order in August 1994, charging that Cornelius and Julie Barrett of the 900 block of Morgan Drive were running a marina in a residential district and docking boats not owned by them at their pier.

The Barretts also were accused of operating a business without proper zoning and using a private pier to store more than four boats greater than 16 feet in length.

County officials said they sent an inspector to the Barrett home after a neighbor complained in July 1994.

A month later, officials ordered the couple to remove all boats JTC they didn't own, provide registration information for the boats stored at the pier and apply for a certificate to operate an office in their home.

Mr. Barrett denied yesterday that he sells boats from his home. He said they were "contracted" to him, "much like you would lease a car in your driveway."

One neighbor, Rose Marie Carnes, said boats at the pier ruin the view of the creek from her home in the 1000 block of Landon Lane.

"It's ugly," she said.

But another neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said the Barretts are "wonderful neighbors."

"We're not against them having the boats tied up there," she said.

The board will meet at 2 p.m. today in the County Council chambers at the Arundel Center, 44 Calvert St., in Annapolis.

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