The Block Island Times

ProJo: Contention over Taylor Swift's Watch Hill seawall

Dec 31, 2013

WESTERLY– Pop star Taylor Swift plans to build a seawall below her oceanfront mansion in Westerly, and this has created contention among surfers, reports the Providence Journal.

To build the seawall, Swift needed permits from the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), which she received.

Last year, Swift purchased the Bluff Avenue mansion in Westerly, formerly the summer house of Standard Oil heiress Rebekah Harkness, reports the Providence Journal.

Read the story here.

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Posted by: Michael Hickey | Jan 03, 2014 20:12

It's also highly probable that the surf on Block Island will be undermined by the Deepwater Wind project.  A south swell heading into Jerry's Point and the rest of the east beach will be impacted.  Perhaps more damaging will be a south and southeast swell heading into The Bluffs all the way around to Southwest Point.  I'm not sure why so few people talk about this.  The CRMC, just as they have done in the case above at Watch Hill will do nothing and rubber stamp the project.  When and if the larger project is built east of the island all those turbines will surely impact the swell into all of the Rhode Island and part of the Massachusetts coast.

They call it progress though.

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