New boardwalk will prompt trespassing
Once again the Hull Cove controversy is in the news. Boardwalk supporters, including the Jamestown Press, never seemingly consider riparian owner rights or Rhode Island law (Editorial, “To build or not to build an elevated boardwalk,” Nov. 21). The advocates, particularly the conservationists, preach access to the water should never be denied, totally ignoring trespassing on private property.
The only public waterfront property at Hull Cove is a 300- foot seaweed-covered stretch of town-owned land at the end of the trail leading east of the Beavertail Road parking lot. The remaining 22 parcels of land abutting the cove are all private property.
Other than surfers, visitors to Hull Cove never have confined themselves to the 300-foot strip. The route taken, as quoted by the Press, “to walk the beach, bird watch, or just enjoy the seclusion and the coastal scenery,” is always on someone else’s property.
Why is this blatant and unlawful posture encouraged and taken by our administrators by building more access for more illegal trespassers?
Why, as abutters and lawful property owners, are we looked at denying public access onto our property as if it is another government entitlement?
Yes, we “are especially keen on limiting the number of people who visit the scenic spot.” It’s a fragile, trampled, trash-littered, starved ecosystem needing isolation to recover from the effects of public abuse, not an elevated walkway and an invitation to more of its demise.
Clarke’s Village Lane