Champlin's Marina expansion denied

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The attorney for Champlin's Marina says he will appeal the state's denial of permission to expand.

The marina is located on Great Salt Pond on Block Island. Owners want to expand from 200 to 250 slips. Many Block Islanders oppose the expansion, and Tuesday night the state Coastal Resources Management Council agreed with them and denied the proposal.

Attorney Robert D. Goldberg, who represents the marina, says he will appeal on the basis of what he calls "numerous" errors of law.

"Three years of hearings and a total discussion of less than 40 minutes," says Goldberg. "Clearly they didn't have a grasp of the issues and walked into the room thinking how can we deny this thing?"

Jerry Elmer, a staff attorney for the Conservation Law Foundation, calls it a "tremendous tremendous victory."

"The Great Salt Pond is an environmental gem. The expansion would have potentially been very damaging to the pond. So this is a wonderful, wonderful victory for all Rhode Islanders," says Elmer.

The vote culminated a seven year battle.

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