Editor's update" The Providence Journal reports tonight that the CRMC reversed its opposition to the town's plan to fortify Matunuck Beach against further erosion on a 9-0 vote. The Town of South Kingstown will once
again appear before theCoastal Resources Management Council
(CRMC) to plead its case in support of emergency construction of a
202 ft sheet pile wall/riprap armament structure along a crucial stretch of Matunuck Beach Road.
The issue before the council:“imminent peril”for Matunuck residents should the road
request filed in September 2011 was heard before the full council onApril 10,2012
and denied as Town officials, residents and environmental concerns sought
an alternative to construction.
The Town of
South Kingstown whose responsibility for public health and welfare overshadows
the issue of private property and shoreline protections, has expended
approximately $45,000 in engineering expenses and clocked hundreds of man hours
in its efforts to protect the road.
for reconsideration is the critical state of a section of Matunuck Headlands
shoreline wrought with years of sustained erosion from the waters of Block
Island Sound to the south.
The 202 ft. stretch of headlands directly abuts Matunuck Beach Road,
the sole road and emergency services access to the homes and businesses to the
east. The road infrastructure houses the community water line, also a public
The hearing will
take place in the South KingstownHigh School auditorium at
6:00 pm tonight.