Letter: Town must stand strong against corporate demands

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To the editor:

I would like to have this letter on record that I support Mike Hudner in his very well articulated description of the options, in relation to Sakonnet Vineyard, facing both the Little Compton Town Council and the Agricultural Trust.

When the trust was first established, the town welcomed the idea that the town protect open spaces and the peaceful rural community as it had been for generations in past centuries.

And those of us buying a house and land did not object to the modest surtax as we became, by fiat, fellow owners  and shareholders of treasured open spaces, guaranteed to provide "passive agricultural pursuits" if the land owner so desired. My family gave a 14-acre easement off South of Commons Road several years back, and we fully expected our elected officials to protect our investments in the Agricultural Trust.

Parking lots, sound stages, concerts, and unrelated commercial activities on preserved land are not part of the contract that we made. Special one-occasion exceptions granted for local families to enjoy weddings or parties has been done in the past without complaint. However what is being asked for now is despicable display of greed and indifference by a large corporate entity to a gentle small town.

Johanna Mckenzie

Little Compton

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