Block Island Times

After almost 20 years, Champlin’s Marina denied

After almost two decades of litigation, Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Kristin Rodgers issued a ruling on Tuesday, Feb. 11, against an expansion of Champlin’s Marina that was first proposed in 2003.
The ruling by Judge Rodgers stated that “There is legally sufficient evidence in the record to support the [Coastal Resources Management Council]’s denial of Champlin’s application to expand its marina. CRMC acted within its authority to deny Champlin’s application, and that decision was rational, logical, and supported by substantial evidence.”
The decision was hailed by those who have been waiting for this decision since 2003.
Don Packer was town solicitor at the time, and he attended all 23 subcommittee hearings, as well as many others, and, in his words, “did all the heavy lifting.” Because of that, he said he wished the ruling “had come out while I was still there. Judge Rodgers wrote an extensive and thoughtful decision. Of course, Champlin’s might appeal to the [state] Supreme Court, but it seems to me a pretty solid decision. I don’t see them sticking their toe in that water, but you never know.” As for the decision, Packer said,

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