Ballard’s ordered by CRMC to remove tiki bars, other temporary structures

This is a photo of Ballard's on Block Island, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2022. (WLNE)

NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. (WLNE) — Ballard’s Resort on Block Island is under fire again after the Coastal Resources Management Council sent a letter to the resort ordering them to remove temporary¬† tiki bars and other structures from their property.

According to letter dated Sept. 27 to owner Steven Filippi, the council said the resort has until Nov. 9 to remove tiki bars, a stage, canopies and pergola.

The letter from the council’s deputy director said the order was issued because the resort did not receive the proper permits and approval to post the temporary structures.

Ballard’s has until Nov. 9 to submit a plan for approval to rebuild the temporary structures.

The latest issue comes after a Ballard’s received criticism several times over the summer.

The resort first drew negative attention from what some island natives called an unruly July 4 holiday.

In August, Ballard’s once again was put on the hot seat for a reggae festival event it hosted where at least one fight broke out at the resort and was followed by a larger fight on the Block Island Ferry.

For that incident, the Town Council suspended Ballard’s entertainment and liquor license, though a state board overturned the decision.

A spokeswoman for Ballard’s said they have no comment. The resort closed for the season this past Sunday.

The Town Council is scheduled to discuss the latest incident Monday.

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