Approval of Matunuck Beach wall overturned

Matunuck Beach in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. (Photo: Tim White/WPRI)

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council is reconsidering plans for a retaining wall along Matunuck Beach Road in South Kingstown, after a state judge overturned the panel’s approval of the plans.

Town officials want a 200-foot-long steel wall to protect the seaside road from erosion. The road is the only access to 240 homes and a pipe beneath it provides water for nearly 1,670 customers and firefighting.

The Coastal Resources Management Council approved the wall plan in 2012. But Superior Court Judge Stephen Nugent ruled earlier this month that possible environmental impacts hadn’t been adequately addressed and sent the proposal back to the council.

The Providence Journal reports that Nugent’s ruling came in an appeal by the Ocean Mist tavern owners, who worry the wall will worsen erosion.
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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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