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March 4, 1991
A Department of Natural Resources plan to divide Black Marsh Park, a large and rich ecological system along Baltimore County's Chesapeake coast, causes us concern. It recommends recreational use on a portion of the 1,310 acres. An amphitheater to accommodate 1,000 would rise on land designated as North Point State Park, which also would include a tie-up pier for 40 or 50 boats.Will this damage the marshes and other natural life in the park, including wild ground animals, eagles and waterfowl?
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By Patrick Gilbert and Glenn Small and Patrick Gilbert and Glenn Small,Staff Writers | December 17, 1992
An article in the Dec. 17 edition of The Sun incorrectly implied that negotiations to scale back plans for development near the ++ Black Marsh in the North Point State Park occurred after a community advisory committee approved a draft plan for the park in October. The negotiations occurred during a two-year period before October.The Sun regrets the errors.Preservationists concerned about state plans to place recreational facilities next to Black Marsh asked a state official yesterday why buildings planned for North Point State Park couldn't be put closer to North Point Road and away from the environmentally unique and sensitive marsh.
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NEWS
May 9, 1991
One of the simple pleasures Maryland offers in the spring is a walk or bike ride through Black Marsh State Park in southeastern Baltimore County. Sadly, few people have had the experience. That is why the state wants to develop 20 acres of the wildlife preserve into a waterfront recreational park. That's bureaucratese for a 150-car parking lot, an amphitheater to accommodate 700, a yuppified "eatery" on the Chesapeake Bay, a fountain, lighthouse, two-story visitors center, 50 boat tie-ups and a picnic area.
NEWS
November 22, 1992
Bill and WoodrowIn the 20th century, only Woodrow Wilson was swept into the presidency of the U.S. with a smaller percentage of the popular vote than Bill Clinton. From the two elections, held 80 years apart, similarities emerge.Wilson and Clinton can be characterized as intellectuals with Ivy League overlays. Both men were born in the South and were elected on a Democratic platform of liberal promises. The elections were similar in that they were three-man races, with the result that both presidents were elected with less than 50 percent of the popular vote . . .Both victories amassed huge electoral votes which presented false pictures of mandates.
NEWS
September 15, 1991
The Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission will host a public hearing on the proposed North Point State Park, also known as Black Marsh State Park, at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Sparrows Point High School, 7400 North Point Road.The state has proposed developing the coastal property as a waterfront park, including a 700-seat amphitheater, visitors center, beach, picnic area, boat docks and a partial restoration of the old Bay Shore Amusement Park.The Coalition to Preserve Black Marsh Inc. and other opponents of the plan want the area kept in its natural state as a marsh and a nesting site for bald eagles.
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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,Evening Sun Staff | June 6, 1991
ST. MARY'S CITY -- The head of a gubernatorial commission says he will appoint a special panel to study the state's plans to develop Black Marsh, 1,310 acres of unspoiled land in eastern Baltimore County.John C. North II, chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission, made his decision yesterday after hearing from both sides of the controversy -- the Coalition to Preserve Black Marsh and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.The hearing was held at St. Mary's College here.
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By Deborah I. Greene and Deborah I. Greene,Sun Staff Correspondent | February 22, 1991
An article in the Feb. 22 editions of The Sun incorrectly described legislation sponsored by Delegate Connie C. Galiazzo, Baltimore County, to rename the Black Marsh as North Point State Park.The bill does not include proposals to develop a waterfront facility including a visitors center, education facilities, an amphitheater, a boating facility and other recreational areas. Those plans are being proposed by the state Department of Natural Resources.ANNAPOLIS -- Proposed legislation to rename Baltimore County's Black Marsh park and develop visitor services and facilities on a 20-acre waterfront section of the pristine site received mixed reviews yesterday at a House Environmental Matters Committee hearing.
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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,Evening Sun Staff | August 5, 1991
Rich Pollock, who as a member of the Coalition to Preserve Black Marsh has frequently criticized state plans for the 1,310-acre tract of woods, beach and marshland in eastern Baltimore County, joined forces with the state back in April to plant trees on Black Marsh property.Pollock was one of about a dozen volunteers who came out on a Saturday to help plant some 300 ash, oak and dogwood seedlings on a three-fourths-acre section of state-owned land at Black Marsh.It was all part of Gov. William Donald Schaefer's "Tree-mendous" program.
NEWS
November 17, 1992
'Trouble in Paradise' revisitedYour news story in the Nov. 1 Sun Magazine was rightly entitled "Trouble in Paradise."We are seeing so much of the natural heritage of Maryland's deciduous woods being daily destroyed.A visit to the peace and beauty of Black Marsh makes one grateful to the state in its efforts to preserve open space before it is too late.Reading the plans of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) makes one hesitate. The park is on Chesapeake Bay. We are trying to save and clean up the bay by law.How can the building and planning envisioned in this article help to achieve this end?
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Baltimore County Bureau of The Sun | December 5, 1991
The Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission yesterday approved a plan by state officials to develop as a park site one of the last waterfront tracts open to the public, the new North Point State Park.The commission approved the Department of Natural Resources' plan to build a small amphitheater, a two-story visitors center with sleeping quarters for 40 students, two picnic pavilions and a parking lot at the site, formerly known as Black Marsh State Park.Janet B. Wood, who chaired the 15-member citizens advisory group that developed the plan, said the commission approval represents the last major hurdle for the improvements on a 20-acre portion of the 1,310-acre site in Edgemere.
NEWS
September 15, 1991
The Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission will host a public hearing on the proposed North Point State Park, also known as Black Marsh State Park, at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Sparrows Point High School, 7400 North Point Road.The state has proposed developing the coastal property as a waterfront park, including a 700-seat amphitheater, visitors center, beach, picnic area, boat docks and a partial restoration of the old Bay Shore Amusement Park.The Coalition to Preserve Black Marsh Inc. and other opponents of the plan want the area kept in its natural state as a marsh and a nesting site for bald eagles.
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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,Evening Sun Staff | August 5, 1991
Rich Pollock, who as a member of the Coalition to Preserve Black Marsh has frequently criticized state plans for the 1,310-acre tract of woods, beach and marshland in eastern Baltimore County, joined forces with the state back in April to plant trees on Black Marsh property.Pollock was one of about a dozen volunteers who came out on a Saturday to help plant some 300 ash, oak and dogwood seedlings on a three-fourths-acre section of state-owned land at Black Marsh.It was all part of Gov. William Donald Schaefer's "Tree-mendous" program.
NEWS
June 7, 1991
From the road that leads to North Point State Park, a.k.a. Black Marsh, the smokestacks of Bethlehem Steel belch grayish gas into the sky. It is a metaphor for the conflict raging over one of the last pristine pieces of land on the Chesapeake Bay. Black Marsh is an intricate mosaic of marshes, woodlands, hiking and biking trials -- home to a wondrous diversity of plants, animals and birds. Quiet. Peaceful. Unspoiled. So why would anyone want to roll bulldozers over 20 acres of this land, drive in piles and pour cement to build a 350-seat amphitheater, an eatery, 50 boat-tie ups and a huge parking lot?
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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,Evening Sun Staff | June 6, 1991
ST. MARY'S CITY -- The head of a gubernatorial commission says he will appoint a special panel to study the state's plans to develop Black Marsh, 1,310 acres of unspoiled land in eastern Baltimore County.John C. North II, chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission, made his decision yesterday after hearing from both sides of the controversy -- the Coalition to Preserve Black Marsh and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.The hearing was held at St. Mary's College here.
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