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File #: O-3-21    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Adopted
File created: 1/28/2021 In control: Maritime Advisory Board
On agenda: 2/22/2021 Final action: 2/22/2021
Title: Port Wardens - Authority - For the purpose of requiring the Port Wardens to consider the public's access to the harbor line from points of access at the waterline as part of its license and permit approval processes.
Sponsors: Dajuan K. Gay, Ross Arnett, Rob Savidge, Elly Tierney, Sheila Finlayson, Brooks Schandelmeier
Indexes: Board of Port Wardens, Environmental Matters Committee, Maritime Advisory Board
Attachments: 1. O-3-21 First Reader, 2. O-3-21 Staff Report, 3. O-3-21 Fiscal Impact Note
Title
Port Wardens - Authority - For the purpose of requiring the Port Wardens to consider the public's access to the harbor line from points of access at the waterline as part of its license and permit approval processes.
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CITY COUNCIL OF THE
City of Annapolis

Ordinance 3-21

Introduced by: Alderman Gay and Alderman Arnett
Co-sponsored by: Alderman Savidge, Alderwoman Tierney,
Alderwoman Finlayson, Alderman Schandelmeier
Referred to
Board of Port Wardens
Environmental Matters Committee
Maritime Advisory Commission


AN ORDINANCE concerning

Port Wardens - Authority

FOR the purpose of requiring the Port Wardens to consider the public's access to the harbor line from points of access at the waterline as part of its license and permit approval processes.

BY repealing and reenacting without amendments the following portions of the Code of the City of Annapolis, 2021 Edition
15.16.020
15.16.030

WHEREAS, the Chesapeake Bay, Severn River, and creeks of Annapolis are fundamental to the City's identity, sense of place, and beauty; yet public access to these bodies of water is somewhat limited; and

WHEREAS, the City's 2009 Comprehensive Plan called for the expansion of the park system, taking advantage of opportunities to acquire public recreation areas, providing such to underserved areas and allowing public access to the waterfront; and

WHEREAS, there are some instances where the public's access to the Chesapeake Bay, Severn River, and creeks of Annapolis have been preserved by retaining public property, acquiring easements over private property, and recognizing long-standing practices; and

WHEREAS, while public access is limited in general, there is even less public access near certain underserved communities; a situation that may have developed over time through successive land developments reflecting institutionalized bias; and

WHEREAS, what limited access exists, access to the waterline alone is of limited benefit if the access does not...

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