Special to SEGAZINE
The owners of the picturesque, three-masted Schooner Steelaway that has been a part of the downtown St. Marys waterfront for over three years are bidding a frustrated goodbye to the community.
Capt. Anne Stone told the City Council Monday that the decision to leave was inevitable because of an unnamed “special interest group” working against the Steelaway and because of delays in establishing a Maritime Heritage District.
She said the small interest group had a “vendetta” against the Steelaway, “disrupted the majority of waterfront activity” for the schooner and other watercraft, and created a hostile environment.