Cutbacks to Rhode Island RV Park Stalled for Now
Despite the town council’s reluctance to create committees, it looks like they will establish one to address an unyielding controversy: the future of Fort Getty in Jamestown, R.I.
The unexpected proposal was one of two twists to emerge in the council’s April 23 work session on the only town-owned waterfront park, the Jamestown Press reported. Otherwise, the status of Fort Getty remains unchanged from what it was on Jan. 4, 2010 – the day when Town Council President Mike Schnack disbanded the Fort Getty Master Plan Committee.
The park is located on Conanicut Island in Narragansett Bay.
The three-hour standing-room only meeting was dominated by public comments – virtually all of them civil. The purpose of the meeting, said Schnack, was gathering input “to help us decide on next steps.”
After enumerating earlier Fort Getty panels and their work products, Schnack said that when the current council started, nothing had been done to implement recommendations issued over the previous 15 years. An author of the master plan later noted that some of those proposals, such as annual financial set-asides for the park, had indeed been adopted.
But none of the councilors said they were open to recommendations for scaling back the RV campground, as the 2005 master plan and 2006 land-use plan both proposed.
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