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Court reverses Deep Creek boat rental decision

CUMBERLAND — A Garrett County judge is throwing cold water on expanded boat rentals at Deep Creek Lake.

The Cumberland Times-News reported in its Friday edition that the court voided a boat-rental permit the county issued last June to the owner of the Lakeside Creamery. The permit allowed the ice-cream shop to offer personal watercraft and pontoon boat rentals despite its lack of other marina services such as fueling and boat repairs.

Two marina operators challenged the permit. They alleged the permitting process was flawed. They also said the increased boat traffic would reduce safety.

Circuit Judge James Sherbin ruled that the permit was improperly issued.

The county’s planning director says the ice-cream shop can appeal the decision.

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