PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Coastal regulators in Rhode Island have voted to deny a request by the owner of one of the state’s most famous restaurants to expand shellfish farming operations in a local salt pond.
A four-member subcommittee of the state’s Coastal Resources Management Council voted Tuesday to recommend denying a permit for Perry Raso, the owner of the Matunuck Oyster Bar, to start a three-acre oyster and scallop farm on Potter Pond in South Kingstown.
Raso already has a seven-acre aquaculture operation on the pond. Raso and his attorney declined to comment after the meeting.
Neighbors opposed the permit, saying an expanded aquaculture project would interfere with recreational activities.