The Block Island Times

CRMC denies Champlin’s application

Aug 27, 2013

Champlin’s Marina was not a victim of bias when its application to expand was originally denied, according to a decision made by the Coastal Resources Management Council yesterday.

Attorney for Champlin’s had long argued that when an application for Payne’s Dock to expand was approved by the CRMC, while Champlin’s was not, Champlin’s was denied equal treatment under the law. That argument was rejected by a 6 – 2 vote at Narragansett Town Hall on Monday, Aug. 26.

The vote was taken after the acting Chair of the CRMC, Paul Lemont, read a lengthy motion detailing why Champlin’s was not treated different than Payne’s. The crux of the argument was that Champlin’s would  have a greater environmental impact — including an impact on the town’s mooring field and navigation channels — than Payne’s due to its projected size. The motion was seconded by Dave Abedon. Members Jerry Sahagian and Raymond Coia voted against.

For the complete story, look in Friday's edition of The Block Island Times.

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