by Lisa Tome
Now that Chesapeake City has decided to create a Tourism Department, Mayor Dean Geracimos explained that he expects there will be more visitors to assist.
Two major trail projects and a ferry are expected to attract people to the town.
The Canal Trail, along the waterfront is a federally-funded project which will provide $2.1 million for a biking, walking, running trail on the north side of town next to Schaefer's Canal House. That trail will connect to a 17.7 mile trail in Delaware. The 11 foot wide, paved trail will also have landscaping. The feds will pay for the trail. The town has the responsibility of maintaining it and providing police protection in the area.
"It's a year behind and we assume it will be completed this year. We've gone through this. It's been frustrating. We're happy to be moving forward," said Geracimos. "Absolutely it will be a tourist attraction."
That will complement the town's ferry service which got a test run last year. The ferry will accommodate bicycles and will transport passengers between the north and south sides of the town. Plans for fares and times of service for the ferry have not yet been determined.
The second trail, the Bohemia Trail, is funded through a $1.3 million state grant. That is currently in the final design phase. That trail will connect the middle and high school complex with the southside downtown area. That trail will go along Route 213, to the Chesapeake City Library, Bayard House, George Street, and more. It will also include a paved boardwalk by the water. Geracimos said if all goes as planned, that trail will be finished by later this year.
"The goal is to connect everything. And it will take care of the kids and keep them safer," added the mayor.