- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - A judge has dealt another blow to a neighborhood group’s effort to block construction of a visitors’ center on the grounds of the historic Breakers mansion in Newport.

Superior Court Judge Bennett Gallo on Wednesday ruled the Bellevue Ochre Point Neighborhood Association cannot appeal a city zoning board decision to OK the plan, overturning the Historic District Commission’s rejection of it.

Donald Ross, chairman of the Preservation Society of Newport County, which owns The Breakers and several other mansions, called for opponents to put an end the their fight against the project.

James Moore, president of the neighborhood group, told The Newport Daily News they plan to appeal to the Supreme Court the judge’s dismissal last month of a different lawsuit that says city zoning laws prohibit the project.

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