Lee’s Land­ing brings beach to Port De­posit

Cecil Whig - - BUSINESS - C HERYL MA TTIX

While I was out and about ... A bit of Ocean City has been trans­ported to Lee’s Land­ing in Port De­posit. The wa­ter­front eatery and bar cel­e­brated the grand open­ing of its new board­walk on Thurs­day.

County, town and state of­fi­cials, along with in­vited guests, par­tic­i­pated in a 4 p.m. rib­bon cut­ting be­fore sam­pling food, snacks and drinks from the board­walk venues.

Folks can now get a tub of Fisher’s caramel pop­corn, Dolle’s salt wa­ter taffy, Good Hu­mor ice cream, Polock Johnny’s sausage, board­walk fries, and pit beef or pork and turkey sand­wiches from ven­dors. While munch­ing, cus­tomers can stroll the board­walk to the Susque­hanna River and an out­door tiki bar with live mu­sic.

“It’s a great way to kick off the sum­mer sea­son,” said David Carey, who owns the restau­rant with his part­ner, Bud Craven.

Al­though adults may en­joy the new venue, Carey ex­plained he hopes the board­walk will also en­tice younger pa­trons.

“We are try­ing to bring a bit of the beach here to ap­peal to fam­i­lies,” Carey said. As part of the fam­ily ap­peal, they of­fer free face paint­ing on Sundays for chil­dren.

The restau­rant al­ready has a chil­dren’s play area in the sand at the start of the board­walk. Wood booths line the board­walk op­po­site the food stands. Al­ready, the restau­rant of­fered seat­ing in­doors and out.

“Not ev­ery­one can go to the beach, so we want to bring the beach to them,” he said, not­ing they got per­mis­sion from sev­eral beach ven­dors to sell their prod­ucts at Lee’s Land­ing.

The restau­rant own­ers have also added a pon­toon boat shut­tle to bring boaters who dock at the town dock near Ma­rina Park down to Lee’s Land­ing along the river. They can call for a shut­tle us­ing chan­nel 71 on the ra­dio, Carey said.

Lee’s Land­ing al­ready has about 300 feet of dock­ing, but is in the process of get­ting per­mits to add an­other 265 feet for a float­ing pier. That might not get done un­til next year, Carey said.

*** Call­ing all fish­er­man. Port De­posit Cham­ber of Com­merce is host­ing its 9th an­nual Lower Susque­hanna Rock­fish Tour­na­ment this Satur­day from 5:30 a.m. un­til 4 p.m. at Ma­rina Park.

Any­one in­ter­ested can reg­is­ter on­line at www.port­de­positcc.org or call 410-3789367. Reg­is­tra­tion will also be ac­cepted Fri­day from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cap­tain’s meet­ing at Jerry Skri­vanek Vet­er­ans of For­eign Wars Post 8185.

En­try fee is $50 per an­gler over the age of 16. Un­der 16 is free in the youth di­vi­sion of the tour­na­ment. Rules al­low boat fish­ing from the Conowingo Dam to Turkey Point and shore fish­ing at Ma­rina Park. Fish­er­man can be­gin weigh­ing in their catch at noon at the Ma­rina Park weigh sta­tion.

Cash prizes will be awarded for top three rock­fish by weight in the adult di­vi­sion. Youth will get fish­ing gear for top three Rock­fish by weight.

This tour­na­ment is spon­sored by Ex­elon Gen­er­a­tion, Tome’s Land­ing Ma­rina and Port De­posit Cham­ber of Com­merce.

*** Elk­ton learned Tues­day the down­town busi­ness dis­trict has been re-des­ig­nated as an Arts & En­ter­tain­ment Dis­trict for the next 10 years, beginning June 1.

Elk­ton Com­mis­sioner and Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Elk­ton Cham­ber & Al­liance Mary Jo Jablon­ski made the an­nounce­ment Tues­day af­ter re­ceiv­ing a letter from the Mary­land De­part­ment of Com­merce and signed by Sec­re­tary R. Michael Gill.

“I want to give a huge thank you to our Arts & En­ter­tain­ment Chair­per­son Margie Bly­stone for all her hard work and con­tin­ued vol­un­teerism and ded­i­ca­tion to the Elk­ton Al­liance and the town of Elk­ton,” Jablon­ski said.

This des­ig­na­tion al­lows the Elk­ton Arts & En­ter­tain­ment Dis­trict to con­tinue to of­fer tax in­cen­tives to de­vel­op­ers and artists within the dis­trict bound­ary and an abate­ment of the ad­mis­sions and amuse­ment tax for 10 years.

Each year the man­age­ment team of the dis­trict is re­quired to sub­mit an an­nual re­port to the Mary­land State Arts Coun­cil.

Speak­ing of arts and en­ter­tain­ment, this Fri­day is down­town Elk­ton’s First Fri­day cel­e­bra­tion, where var­i­ous venues are open and cel­e­brat­ing the arts.

Over at The Pal­ette & The Page, Ce­cil Whig Deputy News and Ac­cent Ed­i­tor Dara McBride and Denise Marotta Lopes, a free­lance writer and photo blog­ger, will share their pho­tog­ra­phy at the open­ing re­cep­tion of “Cap­tur­ing Com­mu­nity.” A re­cep­tion with mu­sic, wine and food is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Check it out. If you have any tid­bits to share with Ch­eryl Mattix for this col­umn, you may con­tact her at cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig. com, or call her at 443-9078440.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

David Carey, far left, part­ner in Lee’s Land­ing with Bud Craven, talks with pa­trons Thurs­day af­ter­noon dur­ing grand open­ing of the Port De­posit des­ti­na­tion’s new board­walk.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

Robert Gell, former Ce­cil Col­lege pres­i­dent; from left, Port De­posit Mayor Wayne Tome and Port De­posit res­i­dent Jack Conrad help cel­e­brate the grand open­ing of the board­walk at Lee’s Land­ing Thurs­day.

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