Ruling favors Block Island marina expansion

BLOCK ISLAND, R.I. — The judge in an ongoing case involving the expansion of Champlin's Marina issued a judgment in favor of expansion this week, according to a report in the Providence Journal.

"CRMC's decision was made in excess of CRMC's statutory authority and upon unlawful procedure," the judge wrote.

A 5-5 vote by the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) that blocked Champlin's application to expand into 4 acres of Block Island's Great Salt Pond was thrown out and the judge approved a subcommittee vote that gave Champlin's about two thirds of what it requested, according to the Journal.

Now the town of New Shoreham, the Conservation Law Foundation and Block Island conservation groups will likely file papers calling on the state Supreme Court to review the case, the paper reported.

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