On Thursday, October 27, 2016, Rock Hall Marine Restoration and Heritage Center (RHMRHC) participated in the Waterfront Enhancement Tour and Workshop as part of the Rock Hall Waterfront Master Plan.
The tour and workshop focused on three areas that emerged as having the strongest interest from the initial Town of Rock Hall public meeting held in August 2016 and through the community on-line survey:
Preserving and maintaining opportunities for water dependent businesses
Enhancing the waterfront to attract more visitors
Managing the waterfront to increase economic activity through heritage- and nature-based tourism and improving linkages to Rock Hall’s Main Street and nearby attractions
Workshop participants were invited into the Clam House, where Linda Davis of Rock Hall Marine Restoration & Heritage Center, gave a presentation of educational projects and a tour through the working and display areas of the facility.
Jim Klein, a planner from Lardner/Klein Landscape Architects hired by The Town of Rock Hall for its Waterfront Master Plan, says
"The Clam House and Marine Restoration and Heritage Center present an outstanding opportunity to preserve working waterfront assets, educate the public about Rock Hall and the Chesapeake Bay’s marine heritage and attract more visitors to Rock Hall Harbor. We want to be sure and capture the importance of the Clam House as part of the waterfront plan. We think it is very important for the everyone’s success, that we include any key priorities for the Marine Restoration and Heritage Center in the plan."
"The Marine Restoration and Heritage Center will, more and more as your group’s efforts continue, serve as an important destination and an anchor for efforts to use the waterfront to benefit Rock Hall’s heritage- and nature-based tourism efforts as well as contributing to the preservation of Rock Hall’s marine heritage.
Linda Davis, Treasurer of Rock Hall Marine Restoration and Heritage Center speaking to the group that took the Waterfront Tour on October 27, 2016.