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New Shoreham police lawsuit dismissed

On Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Town Hall, First Warden Ken Lacoste announced in open session that a lawsuit brought by members of the New Shoreham Police Department against various town officials, including members of the Planning Board, the Town Council and former Town Manager Ed Roberge, had been dismissed. The suit claimed that the town had not followed through on a bequest left in the will of the late Violette Connelly that was to provide housing for town police officers on her Spring Street property.
“This case was dismissed this afternoon,” stated Lacoste.
Champlin’s Marina case
Lacoste also announced a decision had been made on the Champlin’s Marina case which began 17 years ago. Champlin’s had filed an application to increase its dockage in the Great Salt Pond, an application that was denied by the Coastal Resources Management Council. After years of legal maneuvering, the ruling stating there was sufficient legal evidence to deny the proposal.
The ruling was issued on Feb. 11, 2020. The ruling concluded, “[T]his Court affirms in all respects the May 6, 2011 and the September 7, 2013 decision of the CRMC. There is

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