After fracas, Ballard’s Beach Resort cancels Roots and Rhythm Celebration

SUMMER DRAWS: Ballard’s hotel and beach club in Old Town is one of Block Island’s oldest and most popular businesses.  / PBN PHOTO/K. Curtis
BALLARD’S BEACH Resort canceled its approaching Roots and Rhythm Celebration after a battle broke out at its place on Monday./ PBN PHOTO/K. Curtis

NEW SHOREHAM– Ballard’s Beach Resort on Block Island has actually canceled its approaching Roots and Rhythm Celebration after a battle broke out at its place on Aug. 8.

The resort validated that the celebration, arranged for Aug. 21, will not occur. The news comes simple days after a series of battles broke out at a reggae celebration arranged by the resort and on a ferryboat leaving the island later on the very same day.

It is uncertain if the cancelation of the celebration was linked to the battles. Kim Poland, an agent for Ballard’s owner Steven Filippi, informed WPRI-TV CBS 12 Wednesday the celebration was canceled.

On Aug. 8, R.I. State Authorities initially reacted to reports of a battle at Ballard’s Beach Resort, where a single person was detained for disorderly conduct, the Associated Press reported Later on that night, quickly after 9:30, another battle broke out on a ferryboat taking a trip back to Narragansett.

Authorities stepped in once again and they detained 7 individuals, charging 5 with disorderly conduct, one with blocking an officer and one for ownership of a weapon. They were all later on arraigned and launched, according to the Associated Press. 2 individuals were required to the health center and reported small injuries.

( Update: Includes remark from Ballard’s representative offered to WPRI)

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