To the Editor,
That the Tourism Council is aware and acting on sustainable tourism is beyond laudable and not too soon. Block Island is becoming (has become?) a paradigm of “nothing succeeds like success.”
If too many visitors come and trash the island; if too many visitors come and use too much water; if too many visitors come and burden our infrastructure to the breaking point, many of us will no longer have a valuable source of livelihood. Who goes to vacation on Long Island, which
has lovely beaches and traffic jams at all hours of the day?
Just because you can doesn’t mean you have to; just because the population of plus or minus 1,000 permanent residents is allowed to swell to 20,000 (I think my numbers are right) doesn’t mean they ought to. Which is not to say only those who can afford to spend a lot of money ought to be “allowed” to visit, though I confess not being able to propose a just solution that preserves the island all are drawn to.
Tourism Council, please continue to pursue sustainable Block Island tourism – and thank you.