Block Island Times

20-year old Harbor Management Plan is updated

Recognizing that the needs and uses of the Great Salt Pond and the island’s harbors have changed in the past two decades, the town is in the process of updating its Harbor Management Plan. The Town Council took a look at draft number eight at its most recent work session on Wednesday, Dec. 4.
“What I thought we could do is go through what the document really is. We are looking at a whole new document with a whole new number of sections,” said Town Manager Ed Roberge. He described the new plan as “really changed” from the 1999 version, and added that the plan is “85 to 95 percent” complete in terms of revisions.
Roberge reviewed each section and new information with the council. The plan covers five sections, including the overview and purpose of the document, descriptions and resources (Great Salt Pond, New Harbor, Old Harbor), regulations, harbor management ordinance, and appendices. Graphics of the island’s public waters, boat basins, moorings, and harbors were included in the plan.
Harbormaster Steve Land and Harbormaster Assistant Kate McConville were present for the discussion. Land said after the meeting that the

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