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1999 Annual Update

The Friends accomplishments this year include:

Successful opposition of an appeal in Circuit Court of a plan to expand a waste storage facility on Royal Oak Road.

The final purchase of the Roaring Point property by Wicomico County for conversion to a low-impact park.

We had hoped to host a formal celebration of the protection of this special part of the river shore, but county political concerns made this impossible. As of now, the park has limited access until the planned improvements are completed. We will continue to work with the county Parks and Recreation Department to ensure that the impact of the improvements is minimized and public use managed so that it does not damage the fragile wildlife habitat of the property.

Continued opposition to the proposed marina at Blades.

The Secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has approved the proposal, and the Friends have filed a formal appeal of this decision, as have the Sierra Club and the Delaware Chapter of the BASS Federation. A public hearing will be held sometime in March to review the objections and the approval procedure.