PROVIDENCE – The Coastal Resources Management Council postponed a public hearing on proposed experimental coastal erosion control measures planned for Tuesday until July.
It was nearing 9:30 p.m. when Anne Maxwell Livingston, council chair, said she wanted to postpone the hearing, the last item on the council’s agenda, to allow for more discussion time between the coastal council, South Kingstown town staff and South Kingstown town councilors.
Town staff and Councilors Ella Whaley, Carol Hagan McEntee and Jim O’Neill were present for the hearing that wasn’t on Tuesday at the Department of Administration in Providence.
Whaley began addressing the council and stated that she had five points she wanted to discuss. She led with the inclusion of South Kingstown Town Beach on the list of parcels eligible for coastal erosion control measures.
“Including the town beach is logical and provides an ideal opportunity to explore and test on a shoreline area that has experienced some of the most dramatic erosion in the Matunuck vicinity,” Whaley said. “The town has the willingness, resources and administrative expertise to implement such measures in cooperation with the coastal council.”
Grover Fugate, CRMC executive director, rebutted Whaley’s suggestion.
“In nearly all cases, we’ve seen some sort of structural component to deal with erosion,” Fugate said.
Fugate said two of the erosion control methods include one that uses geo-textile fabrics with a rock component to it, he likened it to a mattress bag filled with rocks placed on the slope of the beach, and the other, is trap bags.
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