Town Council to meet with first responders tomorrow night

Tue, 07/28/2020 - 2:30pm

The Block Island Town Council is scheduled to meet tomorrow night with island first responders on what assistance they may need throughout the rest of the summer and other issues related to the emergency ordinance that was passed in March.

Prior to the meeting, Second Warden André Boudreau issued a statement that was directed at people who may be thinking of coming to the island.

“We need to assist our volunteers in any way we can. Nobody expected the summer we are currently having.

“I'm hoping to find an immediate short term solution to the issues the BIVFR and all our EMA personnel are facing.

“This dialogue also needs to lead to an honest and open discussion within our community as a whole on the broader issue of what kind of place we want to be in the post-Covid world.

“Our current problem is getting people to realize we're in a serious worldwide pandemic now.  

“I think we can all agree that a significant number of our guests this year are out of control and the level of disrespect for our community is off the charts. This is unacceptable to me, our residents, and to all the people who work so hard to keep our community safe. 

“Our businesses operate under the fear that an employee may get sick, which would lead to an immediate shutdown.

“At this point employees and business owners are exhausted at Labor Day levels.

Our residents and homeowners, the people who have made Block Island the place you want to come to, avoid the roads and town. 

“So I’m asking you.

“If you are planning on coming to Block Island and don’t plan on wearing a mask in public, in our shops, entering a restaurant or anywhere else you can’t socially distance, make plans to go elsewhere. We have done a lot to protect our residents, homeowners and our tourists from a dangerous plague. You need to respect that. We and our businesses are following CDC guidelines and the advice of our Medical Center. 

“If you are planning on coming to Block Island and getting wasted and throwing up in public on Water Street in the middle of the day, please stay home and puke on your own lawn. If you dare get in/on a motor vehicle after drinking and you need our EMTs to come scrape you off the road, be advised our Medical Center is not a fully equipped emergency room. You will need the life flight helicopter to fly your ignorant ass off the island to the tune of $10,000.00, not covered by most insurance policies.

“We just don’t have the resources for this nonsense and we have had enough of this disrespect.

“We don’t want to have to start discussing limiting travel or activities to/on Block Island, but if we have to we will.  We believe in science and freedom, yours and ours and this behavior is restricting our right to enjoy our community without fear of getting sick or getting killed. 

“It’s up to you.”


Here is the agenda for the Town Council meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, July 29.

New Shoreham Town Council Meeting

Wednesday, June 29, 2020

7:00 PM

The New Shoreham Town Council met via telecommunication pursuant to State of Rhode Island Executive Order 20-46 dated June 12, 2020.

Zoom access: dial toll free 833 548 0276, Meeting ID: 982 9641 5423# and Password 377631#.


  1. Discuss and Act on Status of Emergency Medical Services on Block Island, with Block Island Volunteer Rescue Squad.
  2. Discuss and act on Discuss and act on possible amendment to the “Emergency Ordinance II of the Town of New Shoreham Adopted May 27, 2020” pertaining to communal housing and other issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  3. Discuss and act on possible amendment to the “Emergency Ordinance III of the Town of New Shoreham Adopted June 24, 2020 Masks” pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. Discuss and act on Town Manager contract negotiations. Pursuant to RI General Laws 42-46-1(a) (1) the meeting may be held in closed session for discussions of the job performance, character, or physical or mental health of a person or persons provided that such person or persons affected shall have been notified in advance in writing and advised that they may require that the discussion be held at an open meeting.

Two ways to comment:

  1. Send your comments and questions 12 hours before the meeting to They will be printed out and distributed to the Town Council. The Council will be able to take time to read them before the meeting.
  2. Register to speak by phone during the meeting by emailing the number of the phone you’ll be using, your name, and the organization (if any) you are representing to 12 hours before the meeting. Instructions will be emailed back.

To see supporting documents for this agenda, go to: Clerkbase; Individuals requesting interpreter services for the deaf and hard of hearing must call (401) 466-3200 forty-eight hours in advance of the meeting date. TTY: 711.   Posted 7/27/2020 FF