To the notice that dredging of the Chesapeake City basin won’t be possible until this fall. Town manager Sandra Edwards recently told the town council that it’s “going to be a trying time for Chesapeake City this summer.” While the basin was last dredged up to a foot deep in 2010, parts of the basin are as shallow as 3 feet at low tide. Chesapeake Inn Restaurant & Marina’s dockmaster told the Whig in December that he was increasingly turning away large boats from the basin for fear that they would become stuck. The town recently learned that Gov. Larry Hogan intends to grant $100,000 to the town to pay for its dredging expenses, but the best case scenario for that work would be after the lucrative summer months come to a close. With a variety of permits needed to be acquired for the project, there just isn’t enough time to identify federal funding, navigate the permitting process and finish the work at hand before warm weather arrives. Hopefully after the basin is dredged later this year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will keep better track of its depth before it becomes an economic drag on the town again.
To the sad details coming out of the death of Prince and his ultimately fatal addiction to prescription painkillers. Friends who became aware of the depth of the musician’s addiction reached out to a well-known drug treatment physician to attempt an intervention and one of his sons, sent to talk to Prince about entering treatment, was among those who found the musician dead in his estate last month. Prince began taking painkillers years ago for ailments caused by his performances and ultimately decided to have hip surgery in the mid-2000s, after which he was prescribed more pain medicine. For us, it’s an all-too-familiar story of someone who wasn’t looking to take drugs but became lost in the power of the medication and grip of addiction. Our pages have been filled with such stories that luckily did not end so sad, but we hope that more learn from Prince’s heartbreaking lesson and seek treatment if needed.