Block Island Dinghy Docks Spark Debate
October 10, 2017
Block Island Times: With summer having wound down to an end, the Harbors Committee reflected on the ups and downs of the busy boating season and what could be done to improve it for next summer.
One of the “ups” was the implementation of a new computer system on Harbor Department boats to track the rentals for town moorings, and to collect mooring fees. One of the “downs” was the lack of public dinghy docks that drew complaints and letters to the Town Council and The Block Island Times throughout the summer.
Although the Harbors Committee has been pursuing building a new boating facility with docks, a harbormaster’s office, and public bathroom and shower facilities, their plan failed to get off the ground when the town budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, eliminated a requested $50,000 for an engineering study. When the B.I. Boat Basin reduced the space available at its dock for the public’s use this summer for dinghies, the problem came to the fore.