Letter: Bowens have a point on NIMBYism, but not that one

Posted 7/1/22

John and Patrick Bowen assert that the opposition to their proposed oyster farm at Seapowet Marsh is an example of NIMBYISM (Not in my backyard). They are absolutely correct! As Little Compton …

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Letter: Bowens have a point on NIMBYism, but not that one

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John and Patrick Bowen assert that the opposition to their proposed oyster farm at Seapowet Marsh is an example of NIMBYISM (Not in my backyard). They are absolutely correct! As Little Compton residents the Bowens chose not to see their oyster farm in front of their property, or their sister's property or in front of any property in Little Compton. They chose a site in Tiverton close enough for easy access but without the restrictions associated with a one acre (approximately three quarters of a football field) oyster farm directly offshore.

Further, they assert that the opposition comes from financially prepared newcomers to Tiverton. This is patently false. The opposition comes from a cross section of many residents with varied economic backgrounds. As a lifelong Tiverton resident I was raised in Garden Heights, a world away from Warren's Point in Little Compton where the affluent Bowens, sons of a retired judge, were raised. The old saying 'When you point a finger at someone else, three fingers are pointing back at you' clearly applies here.

Carl Ferreira

Tiverton

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