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Salisbury Officials Postpone Vote on Riverwalk Legislation

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Riverwalk along WIcomico RIver in Salisbury (Credit: WBOC) Riverwalk along WIcomico RIver in Salisbury (Credit: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md.- The Salisbury City Council has postponed a decision on legislation that would require private property owners to construct riverwalks of their own if they choose to develop or redevelop land along the Wicomico River.

The city-owned and maintained riverwalk in Riverwalk Park did not see many visitors Tuesday morning as the rain continued to pour down among cool air. However, that is not typically the case. People like Floyd James enjoy a good read or stroll down the riverwalk, when time permits.

"I think it's pretty nice, pretty lovely," said James, who enjoys spending time near the water.

The city's riverwalk passes by the Wicomico River and the South Prong from west of the Salisbury Marina to U.S. Route 13 on both sides of the waterway. The riverwalk is open for public access, but not all of it. There are several places where the pathway disconnects.

" It [construction] was done at a time when there were negotiations about property," Salisbury Council President and Mayoral Candidate Jake Day explained."In some places we could get it [riverwalk], and in other places, we couldn't."

Under the ordinance, property owners are responsible for design, permitting and construction. Day said the city plans to replace parts of the riverwalk, using money from the city's budget over the next two years, using standards private property owners would have to follow.

According to Day, requirements would include a "small landscape area of about two feet, [and] a 10-foot-wide sidewalk that is going to be a poured-in-place concrete with a stamp on it that kind of looks like a boardwalk."

The City Council discussed the ordinance Monday night but decided not to vote on it. Day said council members will discuss the legislation in a few weeks. He said he wants to make sure requirements are realistic and feasible for  future developers, and that he wants Salisbury to be a good business partner.

Once council members reconvene and vote on legislation, the law will take immediate effect. 

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