Fast ferry dockage application called deficient

By R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council
Tue, 10/15/2019 - 11:00am

The application for creating dockage for Rhode Island Fast Ferry’s proposed seasonal high-speed ferry service from Quonset Pt. to Block Island has been sent back “deficient.”

That’s according to Laura Dwyer, spokesperson for the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, who said, “The application was returned to the applicant as deficient.” The CRMC issued the notice of deficiency on Thursday, Oct. 10.

The application by Paul Filippi, owner of Bluewater, LLC, and co-owner of T&C Holdings, was returned to Filippi as deficient by the CRMC for several reasons, including the lack of riparian rights; a public access plan; a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit; and no agreement with the Town of New Shoreham regarding use of the red breakwater, which the town is leasing.

The CRMC’s deficient notice also stipulates that the applicant filed the application under Ballard’s Wharf Realty, and not Bluewater, LLC, or T&C Holdings, which have been noted on the application during the application process.     

Filippi told The Times that he will be addressing the issues regarding the CRMC’s deficiency notice “very soon.”

Filippi, and RIFF owner Charlie Donadio, Jr., said during an event on Block Island on August 5 that the ferry service would be operational next spring.

Learn more about this story in this week’s edition of The Block Island Times.