Council members differ in response to Sugarloaf owner
The seven-member Frederick County Council is divided about whether to amend the Sugarloaf Mountain preservation plan to appease the mountain’s owner.
Stronghold, the owner, has requested that the county remove the organization’s land from a proposed overlay zoning district meant to govern and restrict development. Its board members decided they will close the mountain to the public if the County Council approves a plan that Stronghold opposes.
Stronghold is named for the late Gordon Strong, a patent attorney and conservationist who, during the early 20th century, acquired land that now comprises most of Sugarloaf Mountain. Upon his death in 1954, Strong entrusted his land to the organization, which now owns 3,400 acres in the area.
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