Block Island marina expansion remains in legal limbo

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Champlin's Marina expansion plans on Block Island's Great Salt Pond could wind up in Rhode Island Supreme Court following a judgment released this week by the state's Superior Court.

Judge Netti Vogel in February issued a 91-page ruling in favor of Champlin's Marina. However, those opposing the expansion - the town of New Shoreham, the Conservation Law Foundation and other environmental groups - objected to a final order offered by Champlin's, according to a report in the Providence Journal.

Vogel issued her own judgment Monday, saying that the Coastal Resources Management Council had "prejudiced" Champlin's substantial rights and that the marina's "constitutional rights were violated."

The ruling will allow the objectors to file papers calling on the state Supreme Court to review the case, the newspaper reports.

A related report in the Providence Journal states that the CRMC's leadership has been questioned and that its membership has become so decimated that it has been unable to vote on development issues for the last two months. Click here for the report.

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