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State reps meet with CRMC, discuss erosion solutions

March 9, 2011

Photo By Kathleen McKiernan

Local state legislators and the CRMC met to discuss options for preventing coastal erosion along Matunuck Beach Road. The Ocean Mist is one business faced with an eroding shoreline.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN–South Kingstown state representatives recently met with the Coastal Resources Management Council to discuss potential solutions to the coastal erosion along Matunuck Town Beach.

Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski, D-Dist. 37 South Kingstown, New Shoreham and Rep. Donna M. Walsh, D-Dist. 36, Charlestown, New Shoreham, South Kingstown, Westerly, along with town council president Ella Whaley met with Grover Fugate, the executive director of the Coastal Resources Management Council and other members of the CRMC.

For over a decade, coastal erosion has been a concern for South Kingstown residents because of its threat to businesses and homes along the shoreline. According to the town’s coastal erosion report, the coastal erosion is such that the integrity of Matunuck Beach Road may be compromised with a future major storm. Matunuck Beach Road is the only access evacuation route for some 514 seasonal and year round dwellings south of Atlantic Avenue. Also, the report states the impacts of storm events and associated erosion have encroached upon various commercial and residential properties on the south side of Matunuck Beach Road.
“People have been trying to work the CRMC because of the shoreline keeps disappearing. This was the first step,” Sosnowski said.

At the meeting, the South Kingstown legislators discussed the several potential shoreline protection options.

“This was a preliminary meeting as a result of a South Kingstown Town Council resolution. I was pleased we got this meeting together to talk about the options we could take,” Sosnowski said.

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