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RHODE ISLAND

Eating More Vegetables

A RI Superior Court Interprets 'Declaration Amendments'
[by Frank A. Lombardi, Esq., CCAL]

Earlier this summer, in Huggins vs
Billington Cove Marina (CA NO.
WC 2014-0492), a Rhode Island
Superior Court Judge held for a
condominium association in requiring
unanimous approval of unit owners
for a change in use from recreational
to commercial.
Briefly, Billington Cove Marina Condominium is a dockominium consisting
of 40 boat slips located on Billington
Cove on Point Judith Pond in South
Kingstown, RI. The marina's declaration limits the use of its slips strictly to
"marina uses," which is further defined:

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"The use of the Marina Unit for the
storage of gear and personal property
commonly associated with boat use, and
the use of the Marina Slip for the mooring and securing of pleasure boats, of a
private, recreational and non-commercial
nature ..." "Specifically prohibited uses are
the mooring and securing of commercial
fishing vessels such as trawlers, draggers,
lobster boats, long liners, deep sea party
fishing boats, and the like. However, commercial charter sport fishing vessels (but
excluding charters carrying more than
six (6) passengers) if kept in a clean, neat,
and odor free condition are permitted."

INTERPRETING THE DOCUMENTS
As in most cases with document interpretation, it's that last exception that
causes a problem to arise. Specifically,
one dock slip owner wanted to attach
an upweller to his boat at his slip, a
process which some of you mariners
out there would refer to as rafting. He
intended to use the upweller to grow
oysters for his on-shore oyster farm
business. The condominium association naturally took issue with that use
as it would unreasonably interfere
with the association's goal of promoting a family-friendly, leisurely atmo-



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