Neronha steps into fray over CRMC, but will it lead to change?

ATTORNEY GENERAL Peter F. Neronha says his opposition to the structure of the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council was solidified when his office filed a legal challenge against the CRMC's handling of the proposed Champlin’s Hotel, Marina & Resort project on Block Island in 2021. He is backing legislation to overhaul the agency. / COURTESY ERIK ELWELL
ATTORNEY GENERAL Peter F. Neronha says his opposition to the structure of the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council was solidified when his office filed a legal challenge against the CRMC's handling of the proposed Champlin’s Hotel, Marina & Resort project on Block Island in 2021. He is backing legislation to overhaul the agency. / COURTESY ERIK ELWELL

For years, the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council has been no stranger to controversy, with critics rebuking a structure that gives power to politically appointed council members, rather than the environmental experts who staff the agency. But this year, after a reform bill failed to pass during the last legislative session, a similar proposal has

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