Block Island Community Seeking Halt of Environmental Harm to Great Salt Pond
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In the latest successful effort by a coalition of opponents to stop a major expansion of Champlin’s Marina in the Great Salt Pond on Block Island, the Rhode Island Supreme Court has rejected a motion by Champlin’s and the state Coastal Resources Management Council to accept a quietly negotiated, end-of-the year deal that would have permitted an expansion and that had excluded the Block Island intervenors in the case.
The “joint motion of Champlin’s and CRMC… is hereby denied,” the Court said in a three-page decision issued late on Friday, noting that the Superior Court had decided the case in favor of the opponents and it is on appeal.
“The Superior Court entered judgment in favor of… intervenor/defendants the Committee for the Great Salt Pond, the Block Island Land Trust, the Town of New Shoreham, and the Conservation Law Foundation,” the Court said. That appeal will continue.
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