Peter and Shirley Wood took a gamble.
It was the late 1980s, and Block Island was growing. In 1988, the tax rate was $14.12 and the town budget was $1,975,996. A year later, the tax rate would be $15.96 per $1,000 of assessed value, and the budget would increase to $2,468,058. (In 1990, the tax rate upped again, to $18.88.)
It was more or less during this moment in time that Block Island was no longer, and never would be again, a place that came alive only during the summer. Things were happening, and the need to make a record of these developments, and to keep an eye on them, too, created the need for a weekly newspaper.
The Woods took that leap, turning The Block Island Times into a 52-week operation. While the move may have been prescient, it was by no means propitious.
In the 30 years since, however, The Block Island Times has never ceased operation. It’s moved offices two or three times, and ownership has changed three or four times. A total of 1,568 weekly editions have been printed. Some of the topics stay the same, but things are also more complicated: the annual municipal budget now tops $15 million. For those who live here, the winters are anything but quiet.
That said, 30 years of operation cannot happen without the support of the community and the businesses within, and outside of, that community.
It is here then that we would like to say thank you for your continued support. It does not go unnoticed or unappreciated, and we hope that we will be with you, and you will be with The Block Island Times, for another 30 busy years.