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Concern Over Direction of Sailwinds Park Project

CAMBRIDGE, Md.- The City of Cambridge acquired Sailwinds Park from the state of Maryland a few weeks ago, now its future is up in the air as the city makes plans to begin construction on a new business park.

Bruce Reed, a member of Sailwinds Park management, stood up at Monday night's Cambridge City Council meeting with a message for council leaders.  Reed said he was mad at himself for believing what he was told during the Sailwinds development process.

"In every discussion, public or otherwise that was held, we were told don't worry, we have Sailwinds Park's best interest at heart, meaning us," said Reed.

The proposed development involves bringing new businesses into Sailwinds park and suring up the dock, forcing the closure of the existing Governor's Hall.  Reed says the committee managing the development of the property told Sailwinds park to stop booking events after January 2nd.

Commissioner Donald Sydnor, one of the men on that committee, said he was not comfortable giving a later date for the park to continue booking events until he consulted the developers.

"I don't want to give you a date, and then that date is going to be taken away.  I want to give you something that is firm," argued Sydnor when pressed for a date by Reed.

Reed says all he wants is clarity.

"All we would really like is some planning, some inclusion in the planning, and some kind of a path to what our future is.  And if it doesn't exist, let's just say so," Reed told the council.

Reed says by not being able to book after January second, the city has already missed out on a 23,000 dollar wedding. It also has the potential to lose a large car parts swap later in January.

A Facebook group with 240 supporters is asking to save the park as it is, and keep the hall intact.

Governor's Hall as it stands now is set to close, but Sydnor says he will talk with the developers to see how far back the closing date can be pushed.  He said he would have a date by the end of the month. A motion to announce a date of July 1st, 2015 was shot down, with the majority of the commissioners advising it was not prudent to set a date without talking with the developers.

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