Jamestown Press: The debate over the paddleboards at Mackerel Cove Town Beach [in Jamestown, Rhode Island] is not over, the Town Council heard at its meeting Monday night [August 19].
Earlier, the councilors voted to allow Jamestown Outdoors, which is owned by islanders Jason and Beth Hatch, to set up an umbrella and rent boards for use in the western end of the beach away from the swimmers. The Parks & Recreation Department supported the venture. Recreation Director Bill Piva said individuals are already allowed to bring their own paddleboards to that area, and kayaking also has been allowed, with no problems.
But according to B.J. Whitehouse, Jamestown resident and member of the School Committee, the result has not been smooth sailing.