Dann Marine starts expansion project
While I was out and about ... I thought it was interesting to find out that Dann Marine, a fifth generation, family-ownedand-operated tug and barge business located at Canal Place on the north side of Chesapeake City, has started an expansion project to accommodate its growing business.
Not only are they expanding, but they’ve hired a team of local businesses to help them with the project.
The Cecil County team includes Clark Design Group as the architect, McCrone as the engineering firm and Bay Country Associates as the contractor.
The current expansion project is a 5,000-square-foot, two-story addition to the existing office building.
Construction began last month and is expected to take about five months to complete.
“We’ve pretty much maxed out our current space so this expansion will help us prepare for future growth,” owner Christopher Dann said. “We’re busy all year.”
The company is based in Chesapeake City, but manages a fleet of tugboats and barges that operate along the East Coast, the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, South America and the Great Lakes.
This is an expansion that is good for the local economy. Congratulations to all involved.
*** On my way back from Dann Marine on Tuesday, I spotted a tall mast at Schaefer’s Restaurant so I went for a closer look. It was the Kalmar Nyckel, a 17th century reproduction of the first colonial Swedish settlement ship
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After a short chat with Fred Hocker, a marine archeologist on the crew, I learned the tall ship spent the night at Schaefer’s on its way to its home port of Wilmington, Del., after attending the 16th annual “Downrigging Weekend” in Chestertown.
The 24 crew members slept on board Monday night after enjoying a Halloween party at Schaefer’s. Hocker has provided VIP tours of the Kalmar Nyckel to the likes of Prince Charles and is expecting to provide a tour soon to recent Nobel Prize for Literature winner Bob Dylan.
“If he shows up,” Hawker said with a laugh.
*** More good news for the local economy was shared last month at a meeting of the Maryland Horse Industry Board conducted in Fair Hill.
Board members reported that Horse Discovery Centers attracted about 30,000 visitors at the Maryland State Fair this year and progress continues toward approval of a horse curriculum in Maryland.
“Farm-based education includes horses for the first time with the intention of keeping the industry growing,” said Ross Peddicord, executive director of the Maryland Horse Industry Board.
Progress also continues on work to make Fair Hill part of Maryland’s Horse Park System, Peddicord reported. He said plans are now moving from the concept stage to the planning stage with various meetings set up with legislators, private investors and state officials to discuss private-public funding, land use and environmental issues. The focus is on improving the steeplechase facilities.
Peddicord announced that the preliminary results of a recent horse economic impact survey indicate a 23 percent growth in the horse industry in Maryland.
“That’s amazing,” he noted. “It
nectivity grant programs.
Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service will receive $30,000 in 2017 for trail maintenance at Elk Neck State Forest. The Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area Trail Crew received the same amount. shows a huge turnaround and shows Maryland’s horse industry could reach $1.5 billion annually by 2020.”
Peddicord noted the state is a powerhouse in women’s polo, jousting and steeplechase events.
Horse Industry Board Chairman Jim Steele said the betting handle for thoroughbred horses in Maryland is up 20 percent from last year.
“Fewer horses are being bred,” he said, “And, purses are at an alltime high at Timonium.”
Steele also said that Fasig-Tipton’s yearling sale had a 24 percent increase this year.
“All signs are positive,” Peddicord said.
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Meanwhile Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenways was awarded $20,000 for its Susquehanna Hills Trail.
More than $5 million in grants was awarded by the agency for bicycle pathways construction, design or retrofit, trails and transportation alternatives.
Bay Country Associates is building a 5,000-square-foot office addition at Dann Marine in Chesapeake City.
The Kalmar Nyckel docked at Schaefer’s Canal House in Chesapeake City Monday night on its way from Chestertown to Wilmington, Del.