Annapolis, MD – Maryland Governor Larry Hogan made several stops during a three-day tour of the three Southern Maryland counties. Friday, Feb. 26 Hogan made appearances in Owings, Chesapeake Beach, Prince Frederick, the Port of Leonardtown Winery and the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department in Lexington Park.

On Saturday, Feb. 27, the governor attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for the rooftop replacement project at the Charlotte Hal Veterans Home. The project was fully funded by the Maryland Department of General Services.

“The veterans and spouses who live at Charlotte Hall Veterans home deserve a home that is comfortable and secure,” said Hogan, who was joined at the facility by Maryland Secretary of Veterans Affairs George W. Owings III and Department of General Services Secretary Gail Bassette.

The governor and his traveling party visited Buzzy’s Country Store on Point Lookout Road to announce the project schedule for the widening of Route 5. The project, which will cost an estimated $13.5 million, runs from the south of Scotland Beach Road to the causeway area in Point Lookout State Park. Hogan declared the project would “help to fix the traffic and safety concerns that plague MD Route 5.”

Also on Saturday, Feb. 27, the governor spoke at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHEC) regarding his administration’s efforts to address the ongoing heroin and opioid addiction plaguing Maryland. “The programs we have set in place in Southern Maryland aim to strengthen law enforcement’s ability to target and prosecute drug traffickers, as well as increase quality treatment options for those struggling with addiction,” Hogan said. The governor was joined by law enforcement and health leaders during the SMHEC event.

Hogan spent much of Sunday morning, Feb. 28 touring locations in Charles County.

He returned to Calvert County to meet with members of the Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department (Company 2), speaking about the working relationship between county and state officials to improve responder communication in the county. Later, the governor visited the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department (Company 1] to congratulate department officials on the company’s 90th anniversary.