Director of Tourism for Dorchester County – Amanda Fenstermaker

Amanda Fenstermaker is the director of tourism for Dorchester County. She describes how tourism plays a role in maintaining the balance between a growing economy and the preservation of the Eastern Shore’s unique natural resources.

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LetsBeShore is a project of the Maryland Humanities Council's Practicing Democracy program, bringing together multiple perspectives for passionate and respectful dialogue about land use and agriculture and their effect on water quality along Maryland's Eastern Shore.
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6 Responses to Director of Tourism for Dorchester County – Amanda Fenstermaker

  1. Sharing Station Participant says:

    The Eastern Shore should and can be a living example of a vibrant, thriving rural region. We are aching to be a land of opportunity and innovations–but must do so by building from our own unique strengths as a region (e.g. grow farms not subdivisions)!

  2. Sharing Station Participant says:

    She shared she was from the area and the importance of clean water and how tourism/visitors can also play a part in the water and environment through their visitor activities

  3. Sharing Station Participant says:

    I couldn’t agree more with her appreciation of the unique natural heritage of her county and the critical importance of that heritage to TOURISM. QA county is missing the boat on this issue–especially in the current political climate in the country.

  4. Sharing Station Participant says:

    Tourism is an important part of our economy, however we need attractions which will lead to multi-day visits. I drive by motels in the county most every day. Seldom do I see cars with kayaks on top, or bikes in racks in the motel parking lots. They are however on the roads mostly day trippers who spend little money while here.

  5. Sharing Station Participant says:

    Clearly the question of “balance” is big–and “balance’ may be in the eye of the beholder. However, we need and want profitable farms and tourism. Water quality is affected by population first. Ag probably second. Ag is the threatened by population growth, as is the natural habitat which attracts tourism and fosters the water-based industries. Population growth and sprawl is enemy of those industries and the environment and lifestyle of the Eastern Shore.

  6. Sharing Station Participant says:

    Our regulation of Agriculture–recreate the Bay as if no humans are here. It can’t be done. Blame over emphasized on agriculture, entire watershed, not just Maryland. Tourism is critical. Growth is necessary for economic development.

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