Top 5 Stories: City Settles with Vaccaro's and Boat Shows Open
Here's a quick look back at the biggest headlines of the week in Annapolis.
The city agreed to pay $82,500 to Vaccaro's—a former Market House vendor—in a lawsuit settlement reached Thursday afternoon. The Baltimore-based Italian pastry shop run by Nick Vaccaro had a stall inside the Market House from 2006 until Dec. 31, 2010. The settlement—which is $50,000 for Vaccaro's and $32,500 for attorney's fees—will be broken up into three equal payments of $27,500.
Seven people were transported to area hospitals when an SUV pulling a trailer overturned at the intersection of Route 50 and Route 665 on Wednesday. Three people suffered serious, but not life-threatening injuries and the other four were treated for minor injuries.
From restaurants to clothing stores, merchants have spent months preparing for the 43rd annual United States Sailboat and Powerboat Shows. The sailboats will be at City Dock from Thursday to Monday, and the Powerboat Show runs from Oct. 11 to 14. The hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday.
Mayor Josh Cohen intends to keep his promise to "walk the plank" for failing to reopen the Market House by Oct. 1 and will take the plunge as part of its grand reopening. Cohen said he wants to "promote the hell out of the Market House opening," so he's holding off on his dip in the harbor. He thinks the swim will help generate buzz around the opening events. He said an announcement should be coming soon on when that swim will take place.
Less parking, more green space and an outdoor dining area next to the Market House are all part of a committee's plans for the transformation of City Dock. The key changes are to eliminate memorial circle, cut parking in half, raise Susan Campell Park and build an outdoor seating area next to the Market House.