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    Death of ruggles/corruption in RI

    so RI got its hands in on the hurricane sandy relief money and proposes an 8 million dollar repair off the cliffwalk. No one doubts the importance of the cliffwalk to newport's economy however the proposed solution seems absurd to me. Maybe some of you can tell me otherwise. Instead of doing all the work on land they propose to cerate 2 jettys out in the lineup (ruining ruggles the break as we know it). There were no other bids considered here for land based work which would be way cheaper. I just walked the cliffwalk last week and the damage is nothing like NJ or NY experienced. Yes we need to pour more conrete and make repairs but 8 million dollars. give me a break. Plus the landowner on the corner of ruggles is in cahoots with the developer (classic RI corruption). He will not let anyone work off his property even for a shirt amount of time so the jetty solution is proposed now. I invite any contractor to walk the cliffwalk with me and tell me it will cost 8 million to do these repairs. It is laughable except is is truly sad to also lose such a beatiful wave as a result. RI kept all this very quiet and apprently this has been pased and is ready to begin operation. defintely moving it this thing goes through. everyone in RI knows eachother and the corrupotion here is all too obvious. I already emailed all the news stations to dig into it on their end. what does everyone think of this?

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    "so RI got its hands in on the hurricane sandy relief money and proposes an 8 million dollar repair off the cliffwalk. No one doubts the importance of the cliffwalk to newport's economy however the proposed solution seems absurd to me. Maybe some of you can tell me otherwise. Instead of doing all the work on land they propose to cerate 2 jettys out in the lineup (ruining ruggles the break as we know it). There were no other bids considered here for land based work which would be way cheaper. I just walked the cliffwalk last week and the damage is nothing like NJ or NY experienced. Yes we need to pour more conrete and make repairs but 8 million dollars. give me a break. Plus the landowner on the corner of ruggles is in cahoots with the developer (classic RI corruption). He will not let anyone work off his property even for a shirt amount of time so the jetty solution is proposed now. I invite any contractor to walk the cliffwalk with me and tell me it will cost 8 million to do these repairs. It is laughable except is is truly sad to also lose such a beatiful wave as a result. RI kept all this very quiet and apprently this has been pased and is ready to begin operation. defintely moving it this thing goes through. everyone in RI knows eachother and the corrupotion here is all too obvious. I already emailed all the news stations to dig into it on their end. what does everyone think of this?"



    sucks ruggles is getting plowed. But anyone from new england knows that all construction and contracting work is corrupt and run between the mob, or private interests and the state. Hell theres still a section of 95 by my house in Bridgeport that they have been paving over bodies for, for the past 5 years. Don't bank on them completing this any time soon, the way the contractors up north work you can still surf it for the next 10 years before they start construction

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    If this is truly meant to ruin the wave, this is sad and pathetic. I have never surfed Ruggles because I am a pretty crappy surfer and I have too much respect for the people who surf it well. It has been one of my personal goals to surf it one day though. I would not be surprised at all if local wealthy landowners were behind this to eliminate the presence of surfers from their estates. We all know how RI works. I would imagine that angry surfers would not even register as a concern for the people behind this. Maybe the best that can be hoped for is that jetties would create new breaks.

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    jettys will screw everything up. backwash and just breaking up a clean swell in general. Its not a beach break. if they stuck that out at narragansett I would be pumped but more importantly the project stinks of corruption. these repairs can happen easily via land. no other quotes considered. Channel 12 looking into it. i hope they find something juicy.

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    This is rididulous. Popped up in my fb newsfeed over the weekend, couldn't believe it when I saw it. What else can we do aside from signing the petition? Not asking rhetorically, serious question, b/c the opposition doesn't seem too organized.

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    an equivalent thing happened to skateboarding with the death of the brooklyn banks in nyc a few years back. The city needed to repair the bridge so they stored their construction equipment in the banks for 10 years. it effectively ruined the skatespot, but the skaters complained and got 2 brand new multimillion dollar skateparks (chelsea piers and maloof in flushing) Hell if a buncha grimy skaters can take on the fascist police state of NYC then maybe a buncha scraggly surfers can make some noise at their local town hall meetings in R.I. I guess it depends to what extent your willing to go to if you want to preserve your wave.

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    Ugh. Most of the work I did a couple of years ago were construction projects up in the Northeast, and it was always a pain. Had to go through hoops and lots of red tape to get anything done efficiently, esp. in New York.

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    i lived in RI briefly in the 90's - it was my first exposure to the concept of privately owned beaches. after growing up in Jersey, it was astonishing to be in a place where beach access is not a right but a privilege.

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    i emailed the news stations so hopefully they dig into it. I do not understand why they cant get a few bids to do the work land based. would be way cheaper and not impact the waters as much. problem is it is considered an emergency which is bs (I walked the cliffwalk last week). people are still walking it. there are a few areas that need repair but I am sure NJ and NY need the money way more than we need two jettys.


    Quote Originally Posted by seldom seen View Post
    This is rididulous. Popped up in my fb newsfeed over the weekend, couldn't believe it when I saw it. What else can we do aside from signing the petition? Not asking rhetorically, serious question, b/c the opposition doesn't seem too organized.