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    Default Beverly Triton Funding Cut - Last Vote This Wednesday 6/14/17

    Summary: more email for Beverly Triton Beach Park NOW

    We had a setback on Beverly Triton last Friday. The county council voted 4 to 3 to cut funding for Beverly Triton Beach Park. The funding was re-introduced and the final vote will be THIS Wednesday 6/14/17. We need ONE more vote.

    Please email Councilman Pete Smith and Councilman Andrew Pruski and ask them to change their minds and vote for funding for Beverly Triton Beach Park. Please also email Councilman Smith's legislative assistant, Linda Harris, because Councilman Smith says that I'm the only person he's heard from. If you want to follow up with a phone call, that would be swell. Annapolis Council Office = 410-222-1401, Glen Burnie Council Office = 410-222-6890

    District 1: Councilman Pete Smith peter.smith@aacounty.org
    Legislative Assistant Linda Harris linda.harris@aacounty.org

    District 4: Councilman Andrew Pruski andrew.pruski@aacounty.org

    And if you want to drop a thank you email to Councilman Derek Fink, Councilman Michael Peroutka and Councilman Chris Trumbauer for voting for the funding last Friday and ask them to vote for it again THIS Wednesday it would be appreciated.

    District 3: Councilman Derek Fink dfink@aacounty.org
    District 5: Councilman Michael Peroutka michael.peroutka@aacounty.org
    District 6: Councilman Chris Trumbauer ctrumbauer@aacounty.org

    Thanks for all of your help on Beverly Triton. Hope to see some of you at the ribbon cutting for the Magothy River Water Trail this afternoon at Spriggs Farm Park.

    Lisa

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    This might be a dumb question, but do we need to be AA county residents to be able to vote on this? Or can just anyone that uses, or has used, BT go ahead and email the people you've listed? If that's the case, then I will certainly do so.

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    I just sent them all an email, hope it helps...
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    Quote Originally Posted by silasvirus82 View Post
    I just sent them all an email, hope it helps...
    Anyone can email. You use the park responsibly, you have a voice.

    The neighborhood strategy is to stall any improvements, get the county to update the General Development Plan early and get Beverly Triton Beach Park baked into the GDP as a restricted use nature sanctuary and win this battle forever so they don't have to fight it every 20 years.

    Thanks to all.

    Lisa

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    Oh, and we're "entitled elitist kayakers" per neighborhood testimony before the County Council last Monday.

    Lisa

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa View Post
    Summary: more email for Beverly Triton Beach Park NOW

    We had a setback on Beverly Triton last Friday. The county council voted 4 to 3 to cut funding for Beverly Triton Beach Park. The funding was re-introduced and the final vote will be THIS Wednesday 6/14/17. We need ONE more vote.

    Please email Councilman Pete Smith and Councilman Andrew Pruski and ask them to change their minds and vote for funding for Beverly Triton Beach Park. Please also email Councilman Smith's legislative assistant, Linda Harris, because Councilman Smith says that I'm the only person he's heard from.
    Interesting. I emailed councilman Smith on 6/6 on this topic. I emailed them all. No rejections from the addresses you provided. Perhaps he and his assistant should check his in-box.
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    If anyone wants some ideas of what to say, here's what I wrote:

    All,



    I hope you will reconsider your recent thinking in regards to funding for Beverly Triton park, and vote instead in favor of the funding. I, and many kayakers like me, love to use the park as it provides the perfect launch to hit a variety of both river and mid-bay fishing/kayaking locations. It would be a real waste of a great location to see it closed for the minimally invasive activities (kayaking) which typically take place there. We are not some group of "entitled elitist kayakers," as some have called us, in fact we come from all sorts of economic backgrounds, and from all corners of Maryland and other mid-Atlantic states. We all have a passion to make as little of an impact as possible on the environment, so we choose to kayak, and always "leave no trace." We hope you will reconsider, and approve funding for Beverly Triton, so we can continue to have another access point onto the Bay, and are able to continue to do what we love.



    Thank you,



    Patrick Spehnkouch

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    It's really troubling that a few neighbors are having such an influence on our community. Look at that path headed down to the water, it's beat down! This place is public land, let the damn public use it.
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    Hi All,

    I sent Pete Smith (my delegate) and copied all the others on a message saying that I thought it was critical for the design dollars to move forward and it is a shame to live in a county with hundreds of miles of shoreline and limited access to those that want to access the Chesapeake's tributaries. I pointed out that county taxpayers purchased the property many years ago and the residents of the area will always be opposed to additional improvements and access, because they essentially got a park with somewhat limited access (minimal parking) at marginal cost. I estimated the value using a ballpark waterfront acreage cost $300,000 per acre in AA county at north of $100,000,000. There are 9,000 residents on the Mayo Peninsula per the 2010 census, so those residents are getting the advantage of a $100 Million property that other residents because of limited parking, and other reasons do not have the same access to. Needless to say, I got a phone call right away from Mr. Smith and we discussed the issue for 11 minutes:

    1. I again pointed out how important water access is to AA county residents that live outside waterfront communities and can't afford waterfront housing
    2. If cleaning up the bay is important to AA residents, we need to promote access to the Chesapeake. It is difficult to get behind cleaning up what you can't see, touch and feel.
    3. Every community will always be hesitant or resistant to additional access to other residents that live outside their community, even though that community does not own the water, park or waterfront.
    4. I clarified that the design dollars are for 90 additional parking spaces. I ballparked that they would be heavily used on Sat and Sun (typical non work days) and if each space turned over twice daily on the weekend, there would be an additional 180 cars moving along the Mayo Peninsula on any given weekend day, limited between May 15th and Sep 15th. I personally do not anticipate more traffic there than during any typical weekday, but I could be wrong.
    5. I pointed out several times that this is just for design dollars and could not think of a good reason to be opposed.

    Mr. Smith stated that he voted against the measure because it was not in his district and was very important to another councilmen's district, and he hopes that if something goes on in his district that other council members would defer or at least consider what his opinion is considering it is affecting his community. I pointed out again that this thing has been deferred indefinitely, and will continue to be if it does not happen this year and encouraged him to change his opinion on this matter.

    He seems like a measured, polite and very reasonable guy. We had a very nice conversation. As such, I would encourage anyone else that lives in his district to call him today at 410-222-6890, or send him an email.

    Vince Grey

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salisbury View Post
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    <about calling and emailing Pete Smith>

    He seems like a measured, polite and very reasonable guy. We had a very nice conversation. As such, I would encourage anyone else that lives in his district to call him today at 410-222-6890, or send him an email.

    Vince Grey
    Perfect. Thank you. The final vote is 9 am tomorrow/Wednesday 6/14/17.

    Lisa

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