The Coalition believes that funding from the State of Maryland is the only way the restoration of the Chestertown Waterfront/Marina is likely to be accomplished in an acceptable time frame. The State has funded similar projects in other municipalities on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Any funding the state might provide for Chestertown’s waterfront would be awarded on a competitive basis from funds the State has already allocated for capital projects. The Coalition believes it is only appropriate for the taxpayers of Chestertown and Kent County to advocate funds that are generated in part through their tax payments, and that will be expended regardless.
Protecting Private Interests
The Coalition considered at length the question of whether a municipal marina (a significant component of the envisioned restoration of Chestertown’s waterfront) would adversely impact private commercial marine interests in the region. While the Coalition believes this is a reasonable question, it ultimately concluded that the creation of a municipal marina in Chestertown will have a net positive impact for regional commercial marine businesses by generating demand for additional marine maintenance services (services a municipal marina in Chestertown would not provide) and by attracting more transient boaters to all of Kent and northern Queen Anne’s counties.