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Metrinko: Local businesses threatened with boycott over FASTC support 

By JACK SHAUM Special from The Bay Times
Friday, January 29, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 4:21 pm, Wed Jan 27, 2010. 

Metrinko: Local businesses threatened with boycott over FASTC support David Metrinko, (pictured at left) chairman of the Queen Anne's County Chamber of Commerce, addresses the chamber's annual breakfast Jan. 21 at Annie's Restaurant. 

GRASONVILLE  The chairman of the Queen Anne's County Chamber of Commerce says some opponents of the Foreign Affairs Security Center proposed for Ruthsburg are "trying to bully" members of the local business community who support it.

David Metrinko said some local businesses have recently been told they would be boycotted if they support the facility. He made his comments during remarks at the chamber's annual breakfast meeting Jan. 21 at Annie's Restaurant. The chamber is on record in favor of the facility.

Metrinko called the proposed center "a gift from GSA (General Services Administration) to the county" and one which will "desperately help all of us as contractors, all of us as citizens of Queen Anne's County, all of us as business owners, all of us as people, to bring jobs to bring opportunity here to the county that we desperately need."

Metrinko said it doesn't matter if individual chamber members are for or against it but urged them to learn as much about it as possible.

"Support it if you will, but if you don't support it, that's fine too. But I ask that you do it in a civil manner," he said.

"I hate to say this, but a group of people in the county right now who are fighting against this project are actually trying to bully the business community. They're threatening to boycott our businesses," Metrinko said. "I ask them to calm down. As a business community I think we've been pretty good about educating ourselves and supporting this project and I hope that side will continue to look at that and do the same and stop trying to bully this thing to not happen."

Metrinko said Jan. 26 several local businesses recently received telephone messages from people he said did not identify themselves. He said the messages informed the businesses that if they continue to support the facility there would be "no choice but to boycott."

Chamber of Commerce President Linda Friday said recently the threatened boycott will not change the organization's position on FASTC.

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