In March, the county feared that the demand for development was threatening the preservation efforts and enacted the four-month moratorium halting development on some 1,100 tracts in Bowleys Quarters and the Back River Neck Peninsula. It met with relatively little resistance.
Though the new Planning Board recommendations would allow some development to continue, the community association would compromise, Maynard said.
Maynard said the sewer line must be built to protect the environment, even at the threat of development. His septic tank, he says, is leaching out into the Muddy Gut creek.
The extension of the sewer line to his property is behind schedule, but he expects service to come to his community soon.
Public works officials say the entire coastal area should be served by public sewer within five years.
Residents such as Maynard and Smith say that while the area has grown more crowded and the roar of motor boats more persistent, they wouldn't want to live anywhere else.
"It's usually cooler than anywhere else, and there's something to see all the time," said Smith, a retired Bethlehem Steel worker. "We paddle around in the creek, and it's nice and peaceful."
Pub Date: 6/06/99