Keep gov­ern­ment out of Mal­lows Bay

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

Re­gard­ing the pro­posed Mal­lows Bay Na­tional Marine Sanc­tu­ary. First, let’s rec­og­nize that the “his­toric” tag is not nec­es­sar­ily his­toric. The aban­doned ships in ques­tion never saw duty. They never nav­i­gated the seas or pro­tected our na­tion from en­e­mies. They were con­sid­ered trash, stripped of any­thing valu­able, dumped and burned at Mal­lows Bay.

Over the years, with­out help from gov­ern­ment des­ig­na­tions, na­ture has made le­mon­ade out of our lemons. The site is lovely. One’s imag­i­na­tion could call them ghost ships. Now what na­ture has ac­com­plished the gov­ern­ment wants to con­trol un­der the guise of pro­tec­tion.

Our South­ern Mary­land fishing in­dus­try and pri­vate land own­ers have been as­sured they will not be af­fected. How many times have we heard that from our gov­ern­ment. They also point out that th­ese des­ig­na­tions will be up­dated every five years. So rules could be put into ef­fect in the fu­ture that do af­fect our area.

Per­haps the orig­i­nal 18 square mile nom­i­na­tion could be con­sid­ered but the ad­di­tional “land and wa­ter grab” of 52 and 100 square mile bound­aries is ab­so­lutely un­nec­es­sary to pro­tect what na­ture has built.

Please let’s let our Charles County of­fi­cials and our Mar yland state gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials know that for the well-be­ing of our area this over reach should not be al­lowed.

Joyce Cand­land, Nan­je­moy

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