BRACING FOR THE WAVE: Tourism industry ready for big rebound, but can R.I. handle it?

AT THEIR POST: John and Sarah Cullen behind the counter of their gift shop Solstice on Water Street on Block Island. They’re hoping for a very busy summer. / PBN PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN
AT THEIR POST: John and Sarah Cullen behind the counter of their gift shop Solstice on Water Street on Block Island. They’re hoping for a very busy summer. / PBN PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN
A year ago, John and Sarah Cullen were fearing for the future of their Block Island gift shop. With supply chains choked by the COVID-19 pandemic, the owners of B.I. Tees struggled to put shirts, hoodies, hats and beach supplies on the shelves of the small store in the island’s Old Harbor Historic District. Not…

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