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Merling’s Potomac River Proposal Rejected

October 22nd, 2014 by WCBC Radio

With other city property owners along the Potomac River in Cumberland now in an uproar over how additions they have made to their homes and businesses might be dealt with- it was announced on Tuesday that one businesman’s proposal for to enchancing tourism along the river has been rejected. At a meeting of all involved parties in August,  Cumberland businessman George Merling was told his proposal for boat access to the North Branch of the Potomac River would remain under consideration-  however that proposal is now dead.  Merling owns the property at 100 Beall Street, the former home of Moose Lodge No. 271 and has pushed for  a recreational park along South Johnson Street, complete with a 50-kayak boat dock, vendor stations and a restaurant. Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority executive director Dee Dee Ritchie said that the DNR has notified local state representatives that Merling’s proposal has some safety issues- and is no longer on the table for consideration:


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