Letter: Alex & Ani seeks to take advantage of our community

Posted

To the editor:

I have lived in Little Compton for over 30 years. I’m quite far from Sakonnet Vineyard, I have never been inconvenienced by their commercial concert or event business. Yet despite the fact that their entertainment venue is nowhere near my backyard, I am adamantly opposed to granting this business an entertainment license.

Why? Because the Alex & Ani affiliated business has come into town to take advantage of our community and usurp the land and environment that we have fought hard to protect. They are selling access to our landscape in violation of the deed restrictions that we purchased using public funds. Little Compton taxpayers paid the previous owners a significant amount of money to protect that land for the common, agricultural good of our town and citizens, not to provide a venue for large-scale commercial events. Those payments of taxpayers’ funds enabled the purchase of that land by Alex & Ani companies, now they want to violate those contracts to the detriment of our neighbors and our town.

Little Compton town officials and citizens vigorously object to being taken advantage of. We call upon our community to repel the businesses who are trying to misuse our residential district for their commercial profit. I am eager to incur the legal cost to prosecute this offensive violation of our town regulations. I call upon my neighbors and elected officials to stand up for Little Compton by telling big business that we are sincerely committed to our agricultural and community values. Let’s enforce regulations that prohibit commercial concerts and festival activity in our residential districts and protect Little Compton farmland.

Edward ([Ned) Levine

Little Compton

Comments

2 comments on this story | Please log in to comment by clicking here
Please log in or register to add your comment
Cheryl

Once it's gone, you can't put the genie back in the bottle.

Tuesday, May 9 | Report this
agalag6898

Excellent letter, Ned! As I stated in a previous letter, the owners of Alex and Ani certainly didn't purchase the vineyard in order to produce wine. You can count on the fact that they saw dollar signs with it being used as a scenic venue for God only knows what. The regulations need to be enforced to send a message that you'd like your town to remain the pristine village that it has been for decades.

Tuesday, May 9 | Report this

2016 by East Bay Newspapers

Barrington · Bristol · East Providence · Little Compton · Portsmouth · Prudence Island · Riverside · Rumford · Seekonk · Tiverton · Warren · Westport
Meet our staff
Jim McGaw

A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.