In 2016, the Circuit Court judge dismissed our appeal of the Parkside Preserve Forest Conservation Plan because the City, failing to properly adopt the State Forest Conservation Act, lacks an appeal process. (City Council is correcting that by putting the appeal process in the new Forest Conservation law.) We’ve taken that dismissal to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals because the right to appeal a bureaucrat’s decision is fundamental to governance. Meanwhile, the legal wheels will turn very slowly while this all works out.
There is one person who can resolve these issues, and has the authority and power to do so: Mayor Mike Pantelides.
But he needs to hear from you.
Environmental and community leaders have recently written a letter that details our request to him.
What you can do
2. Contact the Mayor
Ask the Mayor to do the following:
- Revoke the Parkside Preserve’s forest approvals. The City approved the development’s proposal to clear protected, priority forests and wetlands. Tell him this is not acceptable! Tell him you want him to revoke their City-approved Forest Conservation Plan.
- Give you (the public) a say on this project! Tell him you think the public deserves an opportunity comment on such a potentially destructive project. To this date, the public and even the Planning Commission have not had an opportunity to comment on this project’s complete and final application.
- Protect Quiet Waters park! Clearing this forest and headwater wetlands directly adjacent to Quiet Waters Park will impact the park. And taxpayers will then need to pay for repairing the damage caused. Tell him this is unacceptable.
- Protect our communities! For the same reasons as #3, with added issues of more air and water pollution, more traffic, and more impacts on our schools.
You can email him at Mayor@annapolis.gov or call him at (410) 263-7997.
3. Stop by the Mayor’s “Open Door Day”
During the first Tuesday of every month, the Mayor holds open door meetings all day long on a first-come, first-serve basis, with each meeting lasting 10-minutes. We recommend you show up as early as you can and sign up for a time that is convenient to you.
4. Write a letter to the editor
5. Attend a fundraiser event
We will be organizing fundraising events at Caliente Grill and Grumps Cafe in Annapolis. All you need to do is show up and enjoy their wonderful food and drinks! Please click “follow” on the right to be added to our email list, and we will notify you of these upcoming events.
6. Financial support
If you would like to support our efforts financially, you can make a tax-deductible donation by check or online to our fiscal agent for the Protect Quiet Waters fund: The South River Federation, 2830 Solomon Island Road, Suite A, Edgewater MD 21037. Or click here to donate online on the South River Federation website . IMPORTANT – Write Protect Quiet Waters on the check’s notation or on the online donation page’s Description box.