Block Island's New Ordinance Prohibits Alcohol on Beach
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#1 Jul 24, 2012
This new ordinance is a total joke. My friends and I have travelled to Block Island every year for the last ten to enjoy the beautiful beach and party atmosphere at Ballards. We would typically spend the early part of the day on the beach adjacent to Ballards enjoying some frisbee, tanning, and some of our own adult beverages. Then we would move to Ballards for the afternoon to enjoy a nice seafood meal, music and the "sights". This year we departed the ferry and we were greeted on every corner by Ballard's employees explaining that if we were to take our coolers on to the beach (which is not owned by Ballards) and open 1 beer that they would have the cops there to issue us a $250 ticket each within 5 minutes.
I understand that Block Island wants to protect the safety of it's visitor's from unruly drunks and protect the revenue of the local businesses, but this is too much. We have travelled to this destination because it has always been laid back and fun and somewhat inexpensive. After the implementation of this year's new ordinance it became clear that all BI is interested in is revenue and Ballards is getting greedy because it is a very influential business due to the crowd it draws. They only allow you to drink alcohol if it is purchased from Ballards. To me there is no difference in the level of disruption, destruction that someone can make happen while intoxicated if the drinks are purchased or are provided by one's self. So basically this is all about revenue for Ballards. This is a selfish ordinance and will most likely result in a reduction of visitors and traffic to one of the most beautiful places in New England. Our group has decided we will no longer travel to this destination and will take our money elsewhere. It is a shame that greed has to ruin such a great place.
On my last trip, I did decide to enjoy a lobster roll "on the house" due to my disgust of the situation. I simply ordered my lobster roll and Corona, enjoyed every bite, then got up and walked off without paying. I figured they owed me for the disappointment they put my crew through after 10 years of being loyal patrons. FU Ballards
#2 Feb 21, 2013
Ballards is terrible, please, please, please don't assume that what happens at Ballards is what happens elsewhere on the island. The rest of the businesses, at least to me, tend to treat their employees better (with the exception of Champlin's) and their customers better.
I could go on for hours. There was a glimmer and a smile in a lot of locals eyes when Ballards was pretty destroyed during Sandy. Just so you know...
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