Work at Swift's Watch Hill Mansion OK'd By State, No Town Permits Required

Town of Westerly says no permits by it were required. The work being done to the rock wall that abuts the pop superstar's $17.7 million mansion poses "no significant impact," says a RI state agency.

Back in mid-November, as reported by The Westerly Sun,  and confirmed to Stonington Patch Monday by Thomas J. Ligouri Jr. of Cherenzia & Associates, the Rhode Island Coastal Resource Management Council blessed a project to repair the rock wall that protects Taylor Swift’s Watch Hill mansion from the sea.

Called a ‘revertment’ repair, the project being undertaken by Cherenzia at the 16 Bluff Ave., mansion replaces rocks CRMC has called unsafe.

The Sun reported that CRMC visited the site before the permit was approved, and noted the permit explicitly called for no impediment to public access “during construction.”  The permit shows the site was visited on Nov. 18 and there was a "finding of no significant impact." 

And according to Westerly Town Manager Michelle Buck, no town permits were required. 

Swift paid $17.7 million for the mansion.

The rock wall is a popular spot for East Beach goers. Indeed, this past summer, two Stonington boys, lifeguards for the Ocean House, saved several drowning people near the Swift rock wall at East Beach. 

Swift was out and about and seen often in downtown Westerly, Watch Hill and Mystic this past summer. 

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Christine Wright December 31, 2013 at 08:00 AM
why not go the extra effort and use a photo of this wall?
john mershon December 31, 2013 at 02:38 PM
There is a picture in today's edition of the day


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