Tiverton: oysters rather sailors

Concerning Chris Clarendon's Fogland Oyster Project, Fogland is a long-time established recreational area for windsurfers and kiteboarders.

This established recreational use must be protected. There is even a professional anemometer permanently installed there for the specific, paid-subscription use of windsurfers and kiteboarders.

That anemometer and it's historical data were of particular help to Massachusetts and Rhode Island when tracking the spread of oil after the April 2003 Buzzards Bay Oil Spill.

Fogland Cove is a perfect location for windsurfing and kiteboarding. The shallow water nearshore is ideal, particularly for beginners, families, and older people. The water and wind conditions as well as beach access are very special at Fogland and absolutely not available just anywhere.

Even being pushed just across the beach on the South side will make this recreation impossible for many people . This is an important and unique recreational spot in Rhode Island. It absolutely must be protected.

Windsurfing and kiteboarding are non-polluting, wind- and body-powered sports that are extremely healthy and positive for the participants as well as the community. The local economy benefits – from business and services used by the windsurfers and kiteboarders.

The local community benefits -- at a time of growing concern about obesity and other health issues, established healthy outdoor recreation must be set at a premium of importance. In addition, windsurfers and kiteboarders pay an entrance fee to the beach which benefits Tiverton.

Do not allow the negative recreational impacts of the proposed oyster project to take place.

Send a protest letter to:

Coastal Resources Management Council
Stedman Government Center
4804 Tower Hill Road
Wakefield, RI 02879-1900

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