Some residents of western Charles County, including Commissioner James M. Jarboe (D-Indian Head), have made clear their opposition to the linked Hunters Brooke and Falcon Ridge subdivisions, which would place about 500 houses on 300 acres in Mason Springs.
It's all becoming a bit much for the Western Charles County Business Association, which already laments the loss of business that could have been generated by the 4,600 homes of the squelched Chapman's Landing project.
"This simply has to stop!" the business association wrote in an Aug. 1 letter to Gov. Parris N. Glendening (D).
"Once again there's another newly formed special interest group . . . that is more than ready to sabotage a developer in our area," said the letter over the signature of business association president Celia M. Carroll, a real estate agent.
Last year the state bought most of the 2,250 acres slated for Chapman's Landing in order to forestall the development. The land is to become a state park.
The business association said it "readily accepts Hunters Brooke as a high quality development. . . . The majority of the business community sees this as an opportunity to expand and prosper."
Jarboe's stance also drew flak from Evie Hungerford, who runs an advertising and public relations agency in Indian Head. In a memo to Board of Commissioners President Murray D. Levy (D-At Large), Hungerford called Jarboe's stance "a negative note."
"How stupid can one be when one is against homes projected to sell for $200,000 plus," Hungerford wrote in the memo, which she sent as part of a package generated by her work as chairman of a waterfront development task force.
In a June letter to Glendening, Jarboe called the proposed developments examples of "leapfrog development and unplanned growth."
Calvert Cliffs Appreciation Day
The region's business community appears to want to make sure everyone understands the impact of the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant on the local economy.
The Chambers of Commerce in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties are sponsoring a tour of the plant at the end of September for area business operators.
Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., which owns and operates the Calvert County plant, is currently involved in Nuclear Regulatory Commission proceedings aimed at securing renewal of the operating licenses for the plant's two reactors, which went on-line in the 1970s.
In its announcement of the upcoming tour, the Charles County Chamber of Commerce notes that the plant is Calvert's biggest employer, with about 1,400 workers, and that its tax payments account for nearly one-fifth of the county's annual budget.
The tour is one of a series of occasional visits by chamber members to major business facilities in Southern Maryland. "Calvert Cliffs is one of the most significant economic engines in this region, and its impact touches the business people of Charles County as well as the business people of Calvert," said Charles Chamber executive director Sally Jameson in the invitation to the nuclear plant trip.