April 16, 2013
There has been much hue and cry in recent days about the General Assembly approving a "rain tax" this year that is punitive, anti-commerce and unnecessary. What's truly remarkable about these protestations is how none of the underlying claims are true. Rather, this may be a lesson in the perils of approving a policy at the state level but leaving the business of carrying it out to local government. It's far easier for county elected leaders to point a finger at Annapolis than to actually educate themselves on an issue - let alone try to explain why a tax is so clearly in their constituents' self-interest.
August 13, 2010
High temperatures and pollution have made conditions ripe for potentially dangerous bacteria carried in Chesapeake Bay waters, leading state and local health officials to warn swimmers, fishermen and shellfish eaters to take precautions. The naturally occurring bacteria, vibrio, can cause gastrointestinal illness as well as nasty skin infections — and sometimes can kill. So far this year, 24 Maryland cases of vibrio have been recorded, close to the average annual count of 30, but the season is far from over and officials say many cases likely go unreported.
May 11, 2013
Does it not rain in every part of the state of Maryland? Of course, it does ("Craig signs scaled down Harford 'rain tax' bill into law," May 3). That fact makes me wonder why only the 10 most populous jurisdictions are required to pay the so-called "rain tax. " The runoff in the western-most counties eventually flows into the Potomac River, which then empties into the Chesapeake Bay. The counties on the Eastern Shore are currently exempt from this...
June 22, 2003
They're tucked away in residential neighborhoods, alongside marinas and on the Chesapeake Bay's tributaries. But for those who don't have a navigational system in their car or boat, Anne Arundel County's picturesque waterfront restaurants can be tricky to find. A trek to Deep Creek Restaurant in Arnold, Windows on the Bay or the Cheshire Crab in Pasadena - with a left turn here and a right turn there - takes a visitor through tree-lined neighborhoods, past rows of boats suspended on lifts and ends in laid-back culinary delights.
August 20, 2011
Ocean City Located near the Fager's Island pier (Route 90 bridge and 60th Street on the bay side), sunset rides accompanied to 1812 Overture as well as daytime yoga classes. Operated out of Fager's Island Bar and Grille. Solomons Island A flat water race was held there in June along the Back Creeks of Solomons, the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay. Annapolis Standup Paddle Annapolis (supnnaapolis.com) run events and outings in the Severn and Magothy rivers as well as in the Chesapeake.
October 15, 1995
For several years, Joe Evans and J. Hamilton Yacht Co. were, as Evans described it, at the high-tech end of the sailboat business, repairing and updating racing boats at Bert Jabin's Yacht Yard in the Eastport section of Annapolis.Evans and the J. Hamilton Yacht Co. are still in the sailing business, but Evans has a new passion, fly fishing, and a new version of an old boat in which to do so, the Simmons Sea Skiff.When Evans took up fly fishing a couple of years ago, he said he used a Chris Craft skiff.