Taylor Swift is rearranging the rocky coastline in front of her Rhode Island home. A surfer told The Day: ‘That’s completely illegal.’ The changes to the ocean bottom will impact the quality of surfing there.
Taylor has not obtained one single permit from the town for the cliff work, which could well be among the largest construction projects in Westerly right now. The wall they’ve built is so big you could practically see it from Block Island on a clear day.
There are no posted permits at the street and no contractor signs at the site or on any of the equipment. Guard posted at the drive identified the contractor as Cherenzia Excavation. The project is reportedly costing multi-millions.
Swift contractors do have a permit from the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, which regulates work within 200 feet of the ocean. They plucking and moving around big ocean boulders, but they have added a..
..whole new line of rock sea wall on what had previously been a public beach, at a location that appears to be below mean high tide. ALSO, Taylor has been named 2013’s Tennessean Of The Year by The Tennessean. She is also rumored to be living in London, England ext year to work on her new album, possibly near ex-boyfriend Harry Styles.
UPDATE: Permits were issued to Taylor Swift on November 6 for ‘riprap revetment repair’ and ‘landscaping 128 feet of new retaining wall’ along the sea wall of her Watch Hill beach house.
The permit allows for the replacement of unsafe rocks and re-setting of existing rocks, as reported by the Westerly Sun in November. ‘It all started during Sandy. The wall sustained damage during Sandy. We’ve done our due diligence. It’s a permitted activity.’