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R.I. Supreme Court to hear appeal in Champlin’s Marina case

The Rhode Island State Supreme Court has decided to hear an appeal of a lower court’s decision denying Champlin Marina’s application to expand into the Great Salt Pond. The decision to hear the appeal was made on Tuesday, Oct. 20.
While the attorney representing the Committee for the Great Salt Pond called the decision a “disappointment,” Champlin’s attorney Robert Goldberg said that the Supreme Court would not “grant a writ of certiorari if they don’t see an issue for an appeal.”
Goldberg said there were two what he termed “substantive issues” with the ruling denying Champlin’s application. One was a six-year hiatus at the Superior Court where no movement was made on the case, and the other issue he said was one of “fairness,” in that the Superior Court granted the expansion at “Payne’s Dock immediately after they denied this. Fair treatment is what is at issue here,” he said.
Attorney Dan Prentiss, who represents the CGSP, the Town of New Shoreham and the Land Trust, made his remarks at the annual CGSP Annual meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 21.
“This has been a very, very long battle,” said Prentiss, who spent a few moments recapping the past 17

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