Judge denies border motion

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — A Washington County, Md., administrative judge has denied a motion to reconsider his dismissal of a lawsuit filed against several area whitewater companies.

Judge M. Kenneth Long said Wednesday that “the court stands behind the reasoning” of its earlier decision. Long had dismissed the suit in January.

The suit was filed by Potomac Shores Inc., a group of Maryland landowners whose cabins near the C & O Canal were condemned and demolished by the Park Service several years ago. They had sought to force local river outfitters to pay a per-head fee for putting out on a Park Service-owned boat ramp located on the Virginia side of the Potomac River.

Potomac Shores had argued that, since the border between Maryland and Virginia near the pullout is defined as the shore of the Potomac River, and since the river moves up and down with the tides, area outfitters such as River Riders and River and Trail Outfitters had to often cross their land to get to the boat ramp. — Bryan Clark

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