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The Misquamicut Fire District was issued a Notice of Violation by the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council last month for allowing sand to block beach entranceways with sand. Harold Hanka, The Westerly Sun

WESTERLY — The Misquamicut Fire District violated terms of a maintenance certificate when it allowed sand to be used to block the entrances to one of the district's beaches, according to a notice of violation issued by the state Coastal Resources Management Council.

The state agency filed the finding and notice of violation on Oct. 17. The notice, which gave the fire district 10 days to correct the alleged violation, said sand was moved from the beach to block the entranceways to the beach at 85, 103, and 121 Atlantic Ave. in violation of a maintenance certificate granted to the fire district in 2017.

The maintenance certificate, which sets parameters for removing litter and debris, redistributing sand on the beach, moving overwash sand from the parking lot back onto the beach, and erection of a snow fence, explicitly prohibits "moving sand from the beach berm in order to block entranceways."

The sand blocking the entranceways appeared to have been removed by early this week. Michelle Vacca, Misquamicut Fire District moderator, did not respond to messages seeking comment.

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