Block Island marina gets go-ahead to expand

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A Rhode Island Superior Court judge has reversed a ruling by the state Coastal Resources Management Council and will allow Champlin’s Marina to go ahead with a major expansion in Block Island’s Great Salt Pond.

The judge threw out an appeal by the Town of New Shoreham, which opposed the expansion, and criticized several members of the coastal council for what she said were numerous improper contacts with state and local officials while hearing the case, according to a report in the Providence Journal.

Champlin’s has spent more than $500,000 on coastal council hearings and court filings following a 5-to-5 vote by the full council in February 2006 that essentially denied the marina permission for any expansion, the newspaper reports.

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Click here to read a Soundings Trade Only article from December 2006 on the issue.

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