September 8, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
ARUNDEL COUNTY MARINA FINED FOR
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Pleasure Marine
Limited, located at 1701 Poplar Ridge Drive in Pasadena, was sentenced
for unlawfully dredging in State tidal wetlands without a wetlands
license. Pleasure Marine Limited, which does business under the
name Pleasure Cove Marina, pleaded guilty in the District Court
of Maryland for Anne Arundel County. The Honorable John P. McKenna
imposed a one-year probation and a fine of $1,000.
is against the law to dredge or fill in State tidal wetlands without
obtaining a license. The maximum penalty for violations is a fine
of up to $1,000.
Cove Marina, which is on Bodkin Creek, began a dredging operation
in June 2002 without first obtaining a wetlands license from the
Board of Public Works. Maryland Department of the Environment inspectors
visited the site in response to citizen complaints and saw the dredging
in progress. In addition to not having a license, the work undertaken
was prohibited because it occurred during a "closed season"
that was designed to protect yellow perch spawning activity on Bodkin
Creek. The work was halted by authorities and eventually resumed
after the end of the spawning season.
Environmental Crimes Unit of the Attorney General's Office and the
Maryland State Police investigated the case, with the assistance
of the Maryland Department of the Environment.