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PAA approves plan for Naxera property; little money on hand for improvements

The Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority accepted a final draft report May 8 on possible uses for the Captain Sinclair Recreation Area on the Severn River in Naxera. However, little money is in hand to make improvements to the 97-acre waterfront property.

Lewis Lawrence, executive director of the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission, which serves as staff for the authority, said there’s only about $20,000 in the PAA’s general fund currently designated to pay for improvements at the site, which was given to the authority two years ago.

The draft report, prepared by students at Virginia Commonwealth University, indicated improvements to the site might cost well over $500,000.

The draft plan said that road improvements alone could exceed $300,000, which Lawrence said is important because the road leading to the property is low-lying and often floods.

Another major improvement cost, the plan said, is between $63,000-$317,000 for trails, a boardwa...

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