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Rhode Island marina appeals expansion ruling

Champlin's Marina, on Rhode Island's Block Island, asked a state court to reverse the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council's decision to block its proposed expansion.

The action further extends an eight-year fight to expand 225 feet into the Island's Great Salt Pond, the Providence Business News newspaper reported.

The appeal asserts that Robert Ballou, a state Department of Environmental Management representative who took part in the vote, was "improperly designated," rendering the council "improperly constituted" on the night of the vote.

The marina also argues that the council "failed to give consideration to the recommendation of the subcommittee, as statutorily required," an argument that applies to both the denial of the expansion and to the council's Jan. 11 vote to require a 300-foot-wide fairway between Champlin's Marina and the town's nearby mooring field that effectively blocks any expansion by the marina in that direction, according to the report.

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