Block Island Sees Robust Boating Season

The Block Island harbormaster recently reported on the 2020 boating season, which was decidedly robust, thanks in large part to good weather and despite the slow start due to the early pandemic travel restrictions.

The harbormaster reported that 2020 town mooring rentals and wharfage revenues amounted to $524,389, down 4.9% over the 2019 season. However, revenues were up by 4.6% over the 2018 season.

Sales of shellfishing licenses were up six percent, from $50,055 in 2019 to $52,972 in 2020.

On another note, the harbormaster reported that shoaling in Old Harbor had limited access to the town dock and the bait dock in 2020, resulting in a loss of revenue. Dredging is planned.