Drinking, Dune Damage Cited in “Penguin Plunge” Complaint

The Jamestown Press of Jamestown, Rhode Island, reports that some town residents have complained about the amount of public drinking and environmental damage caused by participants and spectators at the 2011 Penguin Plunge, the annual winter swim held at Mackerel Cove on New Year’s Day. The complaint has resulted in a letter being sent by the Jamestown Conservation Commission to the Town Council and Town Administrator.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Chart, Mackerel Cove

The Jamestown Conservation Commission last week agreed to send a letter to Town Administrator Bruce Keiser and the Jamestown Town Council concerning the behavior of the crowd at the recent Jamestown Penguin Plunge.

The annual New Year’s Day event attracted upwards to 2,000 people this year. According to island resident Donna Chellis, the conduct of some of the attendees was inappropriate.

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The Jamestown Press

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