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Greater Crisfield Action Coalition Stalled After Vote

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CRISFIELD, Md.- Boosting tourism and economic development through the Greater Crisfield Action Coalition (GCAC) is on hold. In a 2 to 2 tie vote, Crisfield's City Council put the coalitions action plan on hold. 

GCAC organizers are still hopeful the plan can eventually move forward. The coalition needed an approval letter and the support of the city to apply for available grant money and other benefits. 

One of the biggest issues according to councilman Mark Konaplesky is the coalition is seeking too much power. The coalition's vision is to make Crisfield the number one tourist destination on the eastern shore. 

Councilwoman Charlotte Scott recused herself from the vote because she is also the president of the coalition. 

"The disappointment was huge and everybody there knows that it showed, I was truly disappointed," Scott said.

Scott said she was most disappointed at how progress to be made for the city could be turned down. 

"We need the city's support to access some of the money that's available that could help us carry out the plan," Scott said. 

Konaplesky voted against granting the approval letter. He said the coalition has not been clear on details and is asking the city for too much sweeping authority. 

Konapelsky said in a statement to WBOC, "I can't allow that type of broad authority to be passed on to a group of people and hope they do a good job."

Laura Davis lives in Crisfield and said she's disheartened potential progress is stalled.

"I think they need to think long term and what would benefit Crisfield, so I'm hoping they can break this tie and move on and try to develop this small town," Davis said. 

Both sides of the issue said they are not opposed to working towards a resolution. The next step according to council members is to set a date to hash out concerns.

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