Block Island Times

Equipment storage and horse back riding proposed for conserved land

Conflicting uses — and how to manage them — emerged as the theme of the Block Island Land Trust’s latest meeting on Monday, Dec.7.
The first item of discussion was to consider a request to use the K and H property for storage of equipment related to the island-wide broadband project. K and H is the lot on West Side Road near Legion Park that extends down to the shore of the Great Salt Pond. In the past it has served as the location for the Pots and Kettles food truck and is used, in the summer, as a parking area for the Farmers Market and employees of the Harbors Department working in their office at the New Harbor Boat Basin.
The request was forwarded to the Land Trust by New Shoreham Facilities Manager Sam Bird as one of several possibilities being explored for materials storage related to the island-wide rollout of broadband. In the case of K and H, “small diameter conduit” would be stored there.
While the members of the Land Trust wished to be supportive of the broadband project, they were worried that it wouldn’t be finished by the time the Farmers Market starts up

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