In early 2008, the Mayor and Commissioners of the Town of Elkton proposed selling a part of Elk Landing, a property that had just been acquired two years earlier through the Maryland Public Open Space Program. Located at the top of the Elk River in the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area, it is some of the most important open space and historic land in Cecil County.
When word leaked out that the town was planning to sell part of the acreage to a commercial developer, a public advocacy initiative was started to save the property, but we couldn’t get local media to cover the subject. Consequently this blog was created as alternative new media. It filled the gap in press coverage by reporting on the subject from information obtained at town meetings, freedom of information act requests, interviews and research. After nine months of growing public awareness and many discussions at town meetings, the Mayor and Commissioners finally voted to abandon the attempt.
By that time Someone Noticed had developed a regular readership, with a wide range of people surfing over to the site. We also had discovered a need to provide more information on the “411 on the Mayor and Commissioners of Elkton” for other topics we heard at town meetings often didn’t appear in print. Thus it was decided that although the original purpose of the blog had passed, we would keep it alive as a public service. We now concentrate on things of a broader civic interest for citizens of the Greater Elkton area, especially matters of local government that aren’t covered by local media.
I am publishing the blog privately and it is not affilated with any group.