Thursday, January 18, 2007

Naval Academy Considers Gambrills Farm Proposals

Today's Capital reports that the Naval Academy is now openly considering proposals for the Gambrills property that used to serve as its dairy farm.

All of the local pols interviewed, including several recently elected, expressed an interest in keeping the site rural, and opposing its conversion to a horse park.

James King (R - Delegate, 33A) - "I'm leaning against the horse park because the constituents in my districts have been openly opposed to it. I think on this one you have to listen to the residents."

Janet Greenip (R - Senator, 33) - "I would like for the property to remain open space, but not to be a drain on anybody's pocketbook."

Jamie Benoit (D - Council, 4) - "I very much want it to stay a working farm or other agrarian use. It has the potential to be a real model for organic farming."

John Leopold (R - County Executive) - Wants to see the Navy's land remain agrarian, while respecting the wishes of nearby communities.

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