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Pine Shore Golf Course, proposed campground site, from Chopper 16. (Photo: WBOC) Pine Shore Golf Course, proposed campground site, from Chopper 16. (Photo: WBOC)
Proposed plans for campground (Photo: WBOC) Proposed plans for campground (Photo: WBOC)

WORCESTER COUNTY, Md. - A proposed campground on a defunct golf course in Worcester County has some neighbors speaking out against the idea.  A handful of those neighbors who live along or near Route 611 are holding a public meeting Wednesday night to discuss the proposed project.

The campground would be built on what used to be the Pine Shore Golf Course along Route 611, not far from Assateague Island.  The golf course has been closed for years, and the land owner, Todd Burbage told WBOC it is his desire to see the land turned into something useful rather than continue to let it overgrow.

However, neighbors to the golf course have raised a handful of concerns over the new project.

"We don't feel that this is what should be in our neighborhood," said Joan Jenkins of Berlin.

Jenkins' property is just feet away from the closed golf course and she believes a campground would not only impact the environment negatively, but the wildlife would be driven away from the area.

Other neighbors have raised concerns over traffic, especially during the summer months, along Assateague Road and Route 611 with the addition of another campground.

However, not everyone who lives in the area is opposed to the potential new addition to the community.  William Vazquez lives right next door to the entrance of the golf course and does not see a problem with turning the land that sits next to, and behind his home, into a campground.

"Back when I used to go camping, I'm thinking partying and craziness and stuff, and that's my concern.  But around here, I don't see that a whole lot.  It's mostly people going to Assateague and they go and party out there and come back and rest here.  So, I wouldn't see a big deal with it," Vazquez said.

The developer and land owner, Burbage, told WBOC that traffic would not be any more of an issue than it was when the golf course was open for business.  He also added that doing something with the defunct golf course will be much more beneficial than letting it continue to sit empty.

"It's been disturbed since 2007.  It's 99 acres and 85 acres of it are highly disturbed.  We're actually going to enhance the property," Burbage said.

Burbage also said that he would ensure there would be setbacks and buffers so not to disturb the surrounding neighbors, but the environment as well.

The public meeting being put together by a handful of local neighbors who live near the old golf course is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Library.

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