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NARRAGANSETT â€” Champlinâ€™s Marina on Block Island lost its second round with the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), when the council upheld its 2011 decision Monday to deny Champlinâ€™s application for docking expansion.
The case has a long history. In 2003 Champlinâ€™s Marina applied for expansion and CRMC denied the permit in 2011. Champlinâ€™s subsequently appealed the decision to the Rhode Island Superior Court. Part of Champlinâ€™s argument was that it had suffered a violation of its equal protection rights because a nearby marina, Payneâ€™s Dock, had been approved for expansion whereas Champlinâ€™s had been turned down.
According to the Conservation Law Foundation, in order to protect Champlinâ€™s civil rights, the Superior Court remanded the application to CRMC to reexamine its findings, which will be used in the Superior Courtâ€™s final decision.
Robert Ballou, assistant to the director of Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM), presented 12 findings that he said summarized the facts in the case, including comparisons between Champlinâ€™s Marina and Payneâ€™s Dock.