New Year, new Effort

  • Getting back to the the SOURCE!!   —- Check out a recent post under the “Legal” category. It is the actual wording of the Roman  law creating and defining the idea of the Public Trust Doctrine…the now 1480 year old foundation of our own Rhode Island Constitutional “shore rights and privileges.  When first created, it actually gave MANY  MORE privileges to the public regarding the sea shore, as well as clearly defining the shore  as being DRY LAND ABOVE THE HIGH TIDE LINE!


  • Take a Hike!     —-  Go to the “Gallery” in the menu bar at top and take a look at the new shore walk article, from Scarborough State Beach all the way to the  Coast Guard station at Point Judith Lighthouse.  This particular seaside stroll encounters several examples of the problems we citizens have in exercising our “passage along the shore” privilege when the shore has gone through some level of development.  But, in fact, you can get there from here (Scarborough.)


  • Be the eyes of our effort   —- though winter doesn’t want to let go, soon we coastal wanders will be back on the shore.  Use your phones to take pictures any time you see an example of the right of passage along the shore being challenged.  Just snap a pix, no need to get into an argument, and send it it through the “subscribe” button on the home page.  Include the where and when information, and we will build up an “inventory” of exemplar locations.


  •  Keep up with current events  —- Look at the “Events” calendar by clicking on the Events heading on the Home page.  References to other important activities, as well as proposed RISAC initiated items can be found there (more as the year progresses.)
    • Get ready to put your boots on the ground  —- See several proposed dates for “ground truthing” locations where our citizens’ rights are being denied or threatened. To be finalized in the near future, send in those pictures!
    • Share the news —- Find dates, times, and places of other state wide events bearing on the shore rights issue as well as sea level rise and more. Especially note the BEACH Samp meetings…an effort to get Rhode Island prepared for the coastal changes to come.


  • “It ain’t over ’till its over.”     —- the State Attorneys  General are still moving forward in their effort to expand public access in Westerly.  Though ruled against in a previous stage of the effort, Mike Rubin and Greg Shultz are using a different legal path in the right direction.  Next court date is coming up in the spring.











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