Block Island Times

AG’s office getting involved in Champlin’s case

February 8, 2021 – Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha’s office petitioned the R.I. Supreme Court today to intervene in the case between Champlin’s Realty Associates, the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council, and the Town of New Shoreham following the news that a deal was made between Champlin’s and the CRMC without the knowledge or participation of the town.
Neronha says: “This office has a constitutional and common law obligation to protect the public interest, our environment, and our shared natural resources. When it becomes apparent that the process designed to protect our resources is not being followed, it is our job to intervene in order to protect the public interest. While I understand the CRMC’s and Champlin’s desire for finality, that cannot come at the expense of an established, transparent, regulatory process – one that has been approved by the courts. To do that, agencies’ final decisions must be visible and accessible, and any facts the agency relied on to support its decisions must be clear.”
At a meeting of the full CRMC on Dec. 29, 2020, under executive session, a memo of understanding was agreed upon with Champlin’s attorney Robert Goldberg, that would grant Champlin’s

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