Watch the show cause hearing live stream from Ballard’s Beach Resort on Block Island

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A fight on Monday, August 8, 2022 during a reggae festival at Ballard’s Beach Resort.Courtesy of Bruce Darelius

NEW SHOREHAM – On Monday evening, New Shoreham City Council is holding a demonstration hearing to decide whether Ballard’s Beach Resort will be suspended, fined or lose its liquor and entertainment licenses. Popular Block Island hostel, restaurant and bar are facing backlash after a fight at a crowded music festival led to arrests at the venue and later on the Block Island ferry on August 8.

You can watch the hearing below:

Although New Shoreham City Council also serves as the local liquor board, unlike a council meeting, no public comment is allowed during a show cause hearing, which is essentially a mini-trial. Residents or local business owners in attendance will not have a chance to speak unless called to testify by the city or by attorneys representing Ballard’s.

This isn’t the first time Ballard’s has faced rowdy and drunkenness complaints on the premises. There have been 49 calls to the police or fire department over disorderly driving, noise and other issues since May 1, according to a letter from New Shoreham Executive Assistant Beth Rousseau and the police department of New Shoreham to the town council.

Globe Rhode Island reporters Alexa Gagosz and Carlos Munoz are in attendance; you can follow on Twitter @AlexaGagosz and @ReadCarlos. Find their previous reports here:


Alexa Gagosz can be contacted at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @alexagagosz and on Instagram @AlexaGagosz. Carlos Muñoz can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @ReadCarlos and on Instagram @Carlosbrknews.

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