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WELCOME WAGON: A New Shoreham police vehicle awaits the Block Island Ferry’s arrival on April 20. Officers have been stationed at the ferry landing to greet visitors and warn them they must quarantine for 14 days. / PBN PHOTO/KARI CURTIS

Isle of anxiety: Can Block Island salvage its tourism season?

It’s not business as usual on Block Island these days. The coronavirus has come ashore, creating a heightened sense of worry not only about public...

Visas fill hundreds of summer jobs

It’s midsummer, and Susan Tosun is still waiting on a few Newport residents who were offered seasonal jobs to get back to her. Each year...
SUMMER RETREAT: Families have been traveling to Block Island as a summer retreat for generations, helping ensure steady business at the island’s 35 hotels and its beaches. Revenue from the state’s hotel tax is a major source of income for the island, generating $2.97 million between fiscal years 2007 and 2017. / PBN PHOTO/K. CURTIS

Will business on Block Island always be seasonal?

Sven Risom and his wife, Laura, became enamored with the beauty of Block Island long ago. After summering there for many years, they became...

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