Letters, March 31, 2012

Fri, 03/30/2012 - 7:10pm

This letter was sent to Coastal Resources Management Council director Grover Fugate and copied to the Times:

As you are certainly aware, Block Islanders are intensely interested in preserving their Great Salt Pond and their island from environmental degradation. Unfortunately, in the past, the CRMC meetings that concern this have been scheduled without regard to the Block Island Ferry schedule. This prohibits full Block Island representation, unless participants can pay for an overnight stay. We respectfully request that this be noted when scheduling future meetings to allow fair access for both sides of this long-standing case and others that may follow.

The Pre-Hearing Conference to revisit Champlin’s Realty Associate’s case on Friday, April 6 at 10 a.m. is such a situation, making full and fair attendance impossible. In addition, April 6 is an important religious holiday for Christians and Jews. Please consider rescheduling this meeting to accommodate attendance for both sides of the case. Thank you.

Jorgen Emsbo

Corn Neck Road

Editor's Note: Fugate answered Emsbo and and said the April 6 meeting will go ahead as scheduled, although he also told Emsbo that CRMC staff would try to schedule future meetings at times when more residents could attend.


To: the Editor—

The question that should be raised is: Why not let Mr. Warfel try a new spot for his oyster farm?

Sustainable living in this sensitive area seems a no brainer for me. I have opened, eaten and displayed the oysters at Clam Shack and Mr. Warfel donates lots of them to benefits.

If the farm gets in the way, then it seems that the damage will be at his cost. Write that in a temporary lease and let him do what he does best.

I thought clams and oysters clean salt water ponds and marshes? Comparing this to marina expansion is an insult to our intelligence. Sounds a little fishy to me.

Robert Albino

Torrington, Conn.


To: the Editor—

We hope readers were paying attention to Heather Hatfield’s scholarly letter to the editor in a recent issue of the Block Island Times. Her concerns and predictions regarding pesticides at Heinz Field, or anywhere else, were right on the mark. Heather’s letter is an excellent lesson for all of us — especially the new generation of island readers.

Go green!

Alice and Susan Huggins

Corn Neck Road