Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


Aquidneck Island is an island with a unique set of circumstances contributing to its growth. At present it is poised on the brink of undertaking major development projects in the industrial, commercial, and residential sectors without any cohesive island-wide body coordinating the various activities. This paper briefly describes the evolution of the island historically, geologically, and politically. It explores the process by which a micro-regional approach could take towards the common problems now facing the three island communities. This paper assumes the merits of planning. It concerns itself more with the political problems of developing and marketing a planning movement at the micro-regional level (island-wide). The hypothesis that I will attempt to prove is that Aquidneck Island could become an example in good land use and resource planning through the cooperation of the three island communities.