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Pirate's Wharf Park Master Plan Open for Public Comment

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QUANTICO, Md. - Developing Pirate's Wharf in Wicomico County has been years in the making. The county is looking to make the land a multi-use park, set with trails and an event pavilion. 
The Wicomico County Recreation, Parks and Tourism department released their master plan for the space in June. Now, they're seeking additional input. The county has provided several opportunities for public input over the last year. The plan was open for public comment as well when it was released in June, and it opened again Oct. 7th. In the master plan, project leaders said that maintaining the natural habitat is the project's primary goal and has been a point of focus throughout the entire planning process.
Some neighbors said they're looking forward to the development.
"There's not much to do around here from the get-go. There's plenty of stuff you can do on the Wicomico and I just think it would be a great idea," Eric Landon near Whitehaven said.
The master plan includes building a fishing pier, an observation deck, and a a boat launch.
"There are people who have boats, larger boats, and they would like to see it used as an access because it is closer than Cedar Hill or Mt. Vernon," Sharon Roeble of Whitehaven said. 
But, Roeble added, she'd rather see the boat launch used only for smaller vessels, like canoes or kayaks.
"If it's going to be a lot of traffic, a lot of vehicles, a lot of noise, then that would detract possibly from some of the other uses the property is intended for, for education purposes, for children, school kids, school groups, families," Roeble said.
Neighbors we spoke with say the project should be a balance between development and preservation, while at the same time creating a space for families in the area.
"I think it would be a wonderful asset not just of the people who live here on Whitehaven Road and in the village here and in the local community, but also for the wider county at large," Roeble said. "It would be a great asset for people to come and enjoy the natural part of the property."
The public comment period is open until November 7th. For more specific details on the master plan, visit here. You can submit public comment by visiting the Wicomico County Recreation, Parks and Tourism website.
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