Block Island Times

No National Grid buoys at the beach this year

National Grid said it will not be deploying a “no-anchor zone” at the Fred Benson Town Beach this summer. The move was precipitated by the town’s concerns about visual impact at the beach and to its tourism economy. Last year, National Grid deployed a field of a dozen buoys designating the anchor-free zone that flanked an exposed section of its sea2shore cable at the beach.
Last year, the town charged National Grid $189,450 to maintain, patrol, and enforce the no-anchor zone through the New Shoreham Harbors Department. Those monies were deposited into the town’s

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