Regional Digest

REGIONAL DIGEST

December 06, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Commission adopts master plan for growth in the harbor

The city Planning Commission adopted a sweeping plan yesterday to manage growth in Baltimore's harbor. The detailed blueprint recommends allowing increased recreational uses such as marinas, while protecting commercial shipping operations. Most of the handful of people who testified represented waterfront companies, including Domino Sugar, said Beth Strommen, the city environmental planner.

Wearing "Save the Port" stickers, supporters praised the plan for recognizing industry's continued importance to the city. But some Fells Point activists complained that a proposed 200-slip recreational marina at Canton Crossing on Clinton Street would be too large.

The maritime master plan now goes to Mayor Martin O'Malley for his consideration.

Organization offers grants for creative-arts programs

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts will offer grants of as much as $3,000 for quality and creative programming in the visual, performing and literary arts.

CityArts 2004 grant awards fall into two categories: community arts projects grants that help promote community participation, and general grants to help nonprofit cultural organizations defray operating expenses and administrative costs.

CityArts Grant applications are available by calling the office at 410-752-8652 or can be found online at www.promotionandarts.com. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 23.

In Maryland

State employees receive extra holiday on Dec. 26

ANNAPOLIS -- Following a long-standing tradition, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced yesterday that state workers will receive an extra holiday this year and need not report to work the day after Christmas, Dec. 26.

"Thanks to you, Maryland is stronger, safer and more beautiful than ever before," said the governor in a letter to employees.

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