Mike Shay for '18 - Maryland House of Delegates, District 30B

Mike in the news!

Over the years Mike has been featured dozens of local and national articles on a variety of topics. Below are a handful of excerpts from linked articles over the years that give you an idea of some of the issues and events from our community that Mike has been a part of.

 

Anne Arundel County in talks to buy controversial development site in Churchton
Capital Gazette article by E.B. Furguson, March 2, 2018

Anne Arundel County is in talks to buy 140 acres in Churchton at the heart of one of the longest-running development disputes in county history, The Capital has learned.

….South Arundel Citizens for Responsible Developmet vice-president Mike Shay, among many who have challenged the development since it was first proposed over 10 years ago said so many people will be happy to hear about the dismissal and the potential sale to the county. “The community has done right by the Critical Area Law,” he said. “Not only might the property be saved but the Critical Area Law remains intact.

 

Franklin Point’s beauty plain as the eye can see
Bay Journal Article By T.F. Sayles on June 19, 2017

...In the mid-1990s, seven or eight years after Neitzey closed the airport, these hundreds of acres of mostly wooded land between the Bayside communities of Churchton and Shadyside, MD, appeared to be headed for a very different future. A developer had purchased the land and was planning to build around 300 homes there. But a citizen’s group called SACReD — South Arundel Citizens for Responsible Development — wasn’t having it. The group not only stopped the development, but also fought off a $50 million defamation lawsuit filed by the developer, Washington real estate magnate Dominic Antonelli.

“It was a really, really tough citizen effort … but it was worth it,” said Mike Shay of Shady Side, one of SACReD’s founders. “Through public support, public initiative and the public’s help with the maintenance, we have a park that was saved by the citizens and is now owned and operated by the citizens.”...

 

Critical Area development appeal has yet to hear merits
The Capital article by E.B. Furguson, April 10, 2017

Next up was the standing for South Arundel Citizens for Responsible Development, better known as SACReD. After over an hour of questioning, the Wednesday session was over.

And SACReD's representative, Vice President Michael Shay, took to the witness lectern again Thursday. After another 45 minutes of testimony, he was done and the first of seven individual protestants was questioned for over an hour before the session ended.

When all the standing questions are settled, the merits will finally be heard.

 

End of the big-box supermarket saga nears
The Capital article by E.B. Furguson, September 7, 2010

The local activist organization that organized opposition to the Safeway store because of its size and potential negative impact on the still smallish south county community rose to support the store. And it still backs the store as an example of a community-supported local business.

"This is an historic occasion. Our community has come full circle, successfully standing up against inappropriate development by a billion-dollar corporation, then helping to create sustainable growth appropriate to the community," said Mike Shay, a spokesman for the South Arundel Citizens for Responsible Development. He helped lead the organization's fight to stop Safeway from building its store across from the FoodRite at routes 256 and 258.

"We provided the grass-roots community leadership that successfully insisted on implementation of the local planning vision and responsible development, against all odds. … It should serve as an inspiration for communities who want control over growth and their quality of life."

 

Franklin Point: Opening soon
The Capital article by E.B. Furgurson, February 11, 2015

Nearly 20 years ago, south county residents stopped a 156-home development from gobbling up 477 acres of nearly pristine wooded land off Deep Creek and its marshy confluence with the Chesapeake Bay.

Now Franklin Point State Park is nudging closer to opening up to the public for the first time since the Maryland Department of Natural Resources eventually acquired the property from the stymied developer in 1999.

It has taken cooperation between activists, the Maryland Park Service and West/Rhode Riverkeeper to get it done.

"This was saved to stay a natural area," said Mike Shay, one of the residents who organized South Arundel Citizens for Responsible Development. "SACReD was founded to save this property.

 

Capital Top Stories
The Capital written by Erin Cox August 13, 2010
 
"People come down here to Shady Side and say, 'Oh, it's so beautiful here,' " Shay said. "I like to say, 'It's not by accident. It's by hard work.' "
Shay, 59, considers himself at the forefront of that work, and plans to use his record as a community organizer and environmental activist to catapult himself to the county's top elected office...

On a searing July afternoon, Mike Shay fed the last half of his peanut butter sandwich to the dozen chickens that roam his lawn, backed his cherry red Prius from under the maple tress, and launched on a tour of his world.

"People come down here to Shady Side and say, 'Oh, it's so beautiful here,' " Shay said. "I like to say, 'It's not by accident. It's by hard work.' "
Shay, 59, considers himself at the forefront of that work, and plans to use his record as a community organizer and environmental activist to catapult himself to the county's top elected office...

 

Sending Out an SOS To Protect Waterways
Washington Post written by Shearon Roberts, August 10, 2006

When the county steps in to repair damage done by improper development, said Mike Shay, vice president of South Arundel Citizens for Responsible Development, "that's when you're already behind the curve on a solution. Our community has been upfront on fighting inappropriate projects.  "Shay, who is running for the District 33B House of Delegates seat that represents parts of southern Anne Arundel, said residents have not only had to fight developers but also their own representatives."I think citizens are begging for leadership to do better," Shay said.

 

WRYR carves niche on airwaves Grass-roots station moves up in `ultra-local' market
Baltimore Sun written by Kathy Bergren Smith February 10, 2003|

…”It is definitely starting to catch on," said founder Mike Shay, who saw the station as a way for the grass-roots environmental group South Arundel Citizens for Responsible Development (SACReD) to make its voice heard within the Deale-Churchton community. "We saw a need to have a place to discuss the issues affecting our community at length."

WRYR went on the air last February, serving coastal areas around the county and parts of the Eastern Shore. It is one of 100 rural community radio stations that was licensed by the Federal Communications Commission last year.
"I am just so proud that our community has chosen to participate in this project," Shay said.

The concept of broadcasting the many voices of communities reached by the 100-watt "power of a light bulb" station has paid off for SACReD, as well.

Shay points out that the station has brought the communities on both sides of the Chesapeake Bay together to discuss environmental and development issues…

 

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