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Mathews board to consider vacating Williams Wharf right of way

The Mathews Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing at its Feb. 28 meeting to hear residents’ comments on vacating a right of way over the Williams Wharf property at the end of Williams Wharf Road (Route 614). The meeting begins at 7 p.m. (Note the corrected time; the article originally had a time of 1 p.m.)

The 30-foot right of way, created in 1920 by order of the Mathews County Board of Supervisors to provide public access to the water, extends from the end of Route 614 to the water’s edge, where the wharf used to be. It is now buried under a parking lot.

Lee Stevens, attorney for Mathews Land Conservancy, said abandonment of the road is important because of the Land Conservancy’s plans to develop the site for public use. The state agency responsible for overseeing wharves—the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries—would have to give its approval, he said, and the Virginia Department of Transportation would have to take the right of w...

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