Tilghman Island

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The tongers were out yesterday to begin the oyster season.

But it has apparently gotten off to a slow start.

At Harrison’s Oyster Company on Tilghman Island last year the buckets were full.

This year Buddy Harrison told WBOC they had only nine that were full.

He said he had expected there would be at least a hundred by the afternoon.

But he told the television station that it could take a couple of days for things to settle down as watermen scramble to find out where the good oyster beds.

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Maryland emergency management officials say they expect to get some federal funding from a port security grant program to build a radar and video tower on Tilghman Island.

Officials plan to construct a 140-foot tower at an inn the state owns and leases out as a conference facility.

WBOC reports that the tower will hold a radar unit, surveillance camera and microwave antenna.

It will be used to track commercial shipping and other traffic approaching ior leaving the Port of Baltimore.



     ST. MICHAELS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says state and federal officials are planning a major oyster restoration effort for Harris Creek on the Eastern Shore.

     DNR officials along with their counterparts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to discuss the effort Wednesday at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels.