Kudos to Rhode Island State Representatives David Caprio, Don Lally, John McCauley, and Joe Almeida along with Senators Bill Walaska and Majority Leader Dan Connors for introducing “The Rhode Island Working Waterfronts Protection Act” (H-5617 / S-0758). The bill is getting heard today at the Rise (around 4:30pm) in Room 207 of the State House by the House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.
This legislation — modeled after Massachusetts’ Designated Port Area regulations — would empower the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) to preserve and protect Rhode Island’s working waterfronts and water-dependent uses including commercial fishing, shipping, passenger transportation, boat building and repair, marinas, and other marine related businesses which must have access to the water to operate.
Why is this legislation needed to preserve Rhode Island’s working waterfronts? See here for more details.