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Talk It Out: Fenced-In Flea Market on Ritchie Highway

On Facebook, commenters seemed to be of the same mind, saying the property owner should pack up, or clean the site up.

One of the more popular stories on Severna Park Patch last week was a photo gallery of a controversial fenced-in property alongside Ritchie Highway.

The site is often used to sell flowers and Christmas trees, but right now it is not being operated and instead is used to house used furniture. In January, the property's owner Donna Marsh was issued a citation for operating a flea market on the land in violation of county zoning laws.

On Facebook, commenters seemed to be of the same mind, saying the property owner should pack up, or clean the site up.

Ellen McCourt Scarano: "I doubt the quality of the furniture is very good. I'd prefer the flower stand. It's my prettiest memory of my first days living in this area."

Cathy Benjamin Pette: "This is absolutely ridiculous! Even when it was selling flowers and/or whatever...it has always looked unkept and trashy."

Dawn Arthur Ringenbach: "It looks like hell and has no place on the side of a major road."

But in the story comments on Patch, the former flea market saw some support in addition to the naysayers.

Just A. Thought: "Leave her alone. She's only trying to make a living :-/"

Alicia Zamorano: "get rid of her because her business is newer? Really. Underarmour should just fold up and quit since Nike has been around for years. Competition=capitalism."

Noreen Dalisera: "Personally, I like that the seasonal sales of seasonal nursery plants, pumpkins, Christmas trees is perfect for the plot of land. The junk sale stuff and fence need to go away, really looks awful."

Heather Johnson February 18, 2013 at 07:29 PM
It's too bad that all of the uptight pig-nosed socialites of Severna Park are so concerned about how this woman's property looks on the side of the road when they should be concerned with the fact that their children are drinking heavily on a daily basis, doing drugs (both legal and illegal), and cyber-bullying other teens into killing themselves. Maybe these snobs should stop worrying about this woman's life, get their heads out their own a**es and worry about what their kids are doing. Oh, but wait- that may cut into their own cocktail partying...
Aaron Goodman February 18, 2013 at 09:51 PM
It's private property, it's none of your business. The people of Severna Park only care about themselves, they buy their gas at BP so they don't care about the environment, they've supported David Clickner and his repeated environmental crimes in the Magothy. You snobs only care about appearances. Heaven forfend someone do something useful with an otherwise useless piece of real estate.
ultrapain February 18, 2013 at 11:06 PM
I come from Essex and haved lived in SP for 3 years now. Those of you posting about SP snobs and such are complete morons. SP has the property value it has partly because trash like this isn't tolerated. A flower stand is a far cry from the piles of junk this woman is displaying. It's unsightly and detracts buyers. Who wants to buy a million dollar home that's walking distance from this eyesore???
alicia zamorano February 19, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Who walks in SP? Just wondering. People don't notice pedestrians in the middle of the road but this small 1/4 acre on the side of the road is a distraction and visually painful? Eyes on the road sir. However, I do agree that there is a traffic issue when she is actually selling goods.
Bob Martin February 20, 2013 at 01:05 AM
11 Acres.

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