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THE R.I. COASTAL RESOURCES Management Council has fined Ballard’s Beach Resort a total of $50,000 for what the panel says are unauthorized tiki bars, fences, and other amenities on the beach outside the bar. / PBN FILE PHOTO/K. CURTIS

Ballard’s Beach Resort fined $50,000 for illegal beach structures

PROVIDENCE – A notorious beach bar on Block Island finds itself in hot water once again.  The R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council has fined Ballard’s...

Ballard’s Beach Resort to keep its licenses, banned from hosting music...

NEW SHOREHAM – The New Shoreham Town Council has imposed a series of restrictions on Ballard’s Beach Resort’s liquor and entertainment licenses, months after...
SUMMER DRAWS: Ballard’s hotel and beach club in Old Town is one of Block Island’s oldest and most popular businesses.  / PBN PHOTO/K. Curtis

Decision pending after emergency DBR hearing on Ballard’s appeal

NEW SHOREHAM – Ballard's Beach Resort has appealed the decision by the New Shoreham Board of License Commissioners to suspend the liquor and entertainment...
GRAND OPENING: People gather at the newly opened Beech restaurant in Jamestown in June. Beech replaces the former Simpatico Jamestown restaurant on Narragansett Avenue, which was bought by restaurateur Kevin Gaudreau, renovated and reopened under the new name. 
COURTESY BEECH/KEITH MERLUZZO

New discoveries await on R.I. restaurant rows

When new restaurants open, it is usually the beginning of an exciting discovery for guests. For restaurateurs and chefs, it is often the culmination...

Vermont-based firm to study tourism impacts on Block Island

NEW SHOREHAM – The Block Island Tourism Council has contracted a firm to study societal and environmental impacts of tourism on Block Island. The study,...
BLOCK ISLAND'S TOP TOURISM official says the summer destination had a great high season in 2021, and the good times are continuing. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

‘High-spending’ visitors give Block Island a big lift

Block Island’s business owners are in a celebratory mood after a summer tourism season that saw visitors eager to open their wallets and spend,...

Block Island passes resolution calling for indoor mask wearing

NEW SHOREHAM – Block Island officials have opted for instituting a resolution calling for the voluntary wearing of masks in indoor public places on...

Block Island to encourage indoor mask wearing in lieu of mandate

NEW SHOREHAM – Block Island's business community played a pivotal role in leading the New Shoreham Town Council to rethink potential enactment of an...

Block Island officials drafting emergency ordinance for indoor mask mandate

NEW SHOREHAM - Block Island officials are considering an indoor mask mandate to address a notable uptick in COVID-19 cases on the island. The New...

Twenty one mopeds impounded on Block Island

NEW SHOREHAM – Twenty one mopeds were impounded on Block Island on Sunday for what Police Chief Matthew C. Moynihan characterized as erratic and...
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