SWANTON, Md. (AP) — A homeowners group is asking the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to suspend a pending land purchase that would create more public access to the state’s largest lake.

The Cumberland Times-News reports that the Property Owner’s Association of Deep Creek Lake has asked the department hold off on the $1 million purchase until it addresses concerns about whether the site is appropriate for public access

In the letter, association President Bob Hoffman questions the purchase in the Turkey Neck area when the state already owns other properties that he says have similar characteristics.

The Maryland Board of Public Works approved the purchase for 1 acre on June 23. The property is to be managed by the Maryland Park Service for a public access road.

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