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By Joshua McKerrow, Staff
Former Maryland governors, from left, Marvin Mandel, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Parris N. Glendening shake hands at the close of their Interview last week at the Casper R. Taylor House Building in Annapolis.
Royal Farms pushes ahead with City Dock plans
Meeting with Annapolis businesses scheduled
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By JIMMY DEBUTTS [email protected]
Royal Farms officials will pitch their case to occupy a prominent spot on City Dock to Annapolis businesses on Sept. 12.
An executive and an attorney representing the Baltimore convenience store chain will discuss their vision for filling the space Stevens Hardware occupied at City Dock for 53 years. Royal Farms officials are scheduled to attend a meeting with the Annapolis Business Association aboard the Harbor Queen at 5:30 p.m.
A meeting with city zoning officials is planned this week.
Annapolis Business Association .President Sean O’Neill said Royal Farms wants to present a different concept than its traditional convenience store model. City zoning regulations bar convenience stores at City Dock.
City officials said Royal Farms hopes to get a speciai exception un der which it would be considered a food service destination O’Neill said Royal Farms’ strategy is to give downtown a fresh food option absent since Rookie’s Market closed in 1994.
That would meet an unmet de mand from city residents and boaters, he said.
“Residents downtown would love to see a grocery store,” O’Neill said. “’That’s what they wanted at Market House. It’s not just cigarettes and soda. They’re trying to fill a niche -basically a mini grocery store."
O’Neill said Royal Farms representatives are going to the ABA meeting to get community feedback.
City Dock is zoned as a conservation business district. For Royal Farms to even apply for a special exception, it must show how its proposed City Dock site is not a convenience store, said Annapolis Planning and Zoning Director Jon Arason.
Arason, who has visited Royal Farms’ downtown Baltimore location, said the chain has not filed a formal application or a request for a special exception.
(See ROYAL, Page A5)ARUNDELHighland Beach’s unique history Cl
“When I became governor I was told you will never be able to deal with the people on the Eastern Shore. They are Republicans. However, I lost only one county on the Eastern Shore, by 35 votes. That's because I went down there ami got to know them instead oj them getting to kmrw me.
— Marvin Mandel
**/ was asked by a lot of Republicans to criticize Gov. Glendening when I took office. / didn't do it. I loved President's Rush's ‘M.O. ’ to not criticize."
— Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.. on his policy of treating others who held the office.
“There was a rumor at the time that a plane ... was potentially looking at the Naval Academy because of the symbolism. That turned out to he only a rumor. Rut that day and several days thereafter were very, very difficult."
— Parris N. Glendening, on the Sept 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and their aftermath.History,
Three former governors gather to reminisce
By TOM MARQUARDT Special Correspondent
■ptmt hree former Maryland governors say
\ leading the state was a fulfilling job they 1 would gladly do again — although they don’t miss the stress and discouraging political infighting.
In a wide-ranging interview arranged by Capital Gazette Communications, Govs. Marvin Mandel, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Parris N. Glendening lamented that a change in the culture of the General mJML« Assembly has made it more difficult for governors to build consensus.
It was the first time since they left office the former governors had talked together about their experiences. Gov. Harry Hughes, the only other living ex governor, was unable to attend because of illness.
Ehrlich may have been the first to witness a cultural shift that often put the legislature at odds with the governor. He left the House of Delegates in 1994 to run successfully to represent the 2nd Congressional District. He then ran for governor in 2002.
“It wasn’t ‘Everybody in this community is together, we’re going to hang together,”’ he said. “Now it’s I’m going to do a number on my colleague.’”
(See GOVERNORS, Page All)