Wednesday, December 08, 2004 - Education center-resort rising quietly at Elk Neck - Education center-resort rising quietly at Elk Neck: "On 98 acres of Elk Neck State Park in Cecil County, retirement home builder John C. Erickson is constructing NorthBay, a $30 million education center, camp and corporate retreat that is more resort than rustic. It is rising along a half-mile stretch of North East River beach, on property leased from the state for free.

The project, which broke ground in May, is being touted as a public-private partnership between the Erickson Foundation, a nonprofit created in 1998, and the state Department of Natural Resources. It is designed, in part, to teach sixth- graders the value of the bay.

But corporations and other groups will be allowed to use it as well. The foundation says it needs to collect $2 million to $3 million a year in fees to cover operating costs, though the project is not described as a moneymaking venture."

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