Lee’s Landing brings beach to Port Deposit
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.
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.
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.