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Matunuck Coverage

Community Mourns Death of Jon C. Boothroyd, Acclaimed Coastal Geologist

Community Mourns Death of Jon C. Boothroyd, Acclaimed Coastal Geologist

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The University of Rhode Island announced the loss of their “beloved” Geosciences Professor Emeritus Jon C. Boothroyd, a field researcher, Coastal and Environmental Geologist,  and active participant in development of the Rhode Island Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (Beach SAMP). Boothroyd provided his expertise, time and advice to students, organizations and environmental agencies across the state, […]

NWS Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook, Warns of Rip Currents

NWS Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook, Warns of Rip Currents

BOSTON – The National Weather Service, Taunton issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook as of 5:05 a.m. for Washington and Newport Counties in Rhode Island, Block Island and Southern Bristol, Massachusetts. A high rip current risk is in effect from 10 a.m. Tuesday morning through the evening. According to NWS, INCREASING SOUTHERLY SWELL AHEAD OF THE APPROACHING COLD FRONT […]

Coastal Communities Feel the Reality of Climate Change

Coastal Communities Feel the Reality of Climate Change

The Matunuck Controversy South Kingstown – Coastal communities, residents, business and property owners are feeling the adverse effects of climate change due to sea level rise, coastal inundation, severe storm events, flooding and coastal erosion. Once known in the abstract as a global warming, big picture issue, the ill effects of carbon emissions and warming […]

Cristobal Prompts High Surf Advisory – Small Craft Warnings

Cristobal Prompts High Surf Advisory – Small Craft Warnings

Taunton, MA – The National Weather Service Taunton/Boston on Wednesday issued a Coastal Hazard Message indicating a high surf advisory in effect for the South Coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Included in the advisory area are Block Island, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. The advisory is in effect from 8:00 pm Wednesday evening until 8:00 pm […]

Locals Tackle Beach Erosion with Two Sticks and a String

Locals Tackle Beach Erosion with Two Sticks and a String

Matunuck – Carrying the most rudimentary of tools, a group of coastal residents and environmentalists gathered at South Kingstown Town Beach, in the coastal village of Matunuck on Wednesday to learn the science of beach profiling. Armed with just “two sticks and a string,” the contingent of 15 set out to tackle one of the […]

Finnegan Fights Back in Matunuck (2)

Finnegan Fights Back in Matunuck (2)

Matunuck, RI – Pub owner Kevin Finnegan is not ready to give up the fight for his Ocean Mist Bar or his beloved beachside community of Matunuck. Finnegan, owner of the Ocean Mist beach bar, sitting high above the waters of Block Island Sound in what is known as the Matunuck Headlands, says although he will continue to fight for […]

New: Business Owners Support Finnegan’s Quest for Seawall Rebuild

New: Business Owners Support Finnegan’s Quest for Seawall Rebuild

Matunuck Businesses Support Maintenance of Existing Seawall Over Town’s Plan South Kingstown – The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council’s (CRMC) June 24 meeting spurred a call to action from local business owners in support of the efforts of Kevin Finnegan to rebuild the existing stone revetment on Town property adjacent to his Ocean Mist on Matunuck Beach Road. […]