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Mansion-owner wins round in fight over visitors center

Associated Press logo Associated Press 9/01/2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The group that owns The Breakers in Newport has inched closer to victory in a fight that has drawn the scorn of many members of the Vanderbilt family, which built the historic oceanside mansion.

The Rhode Island Supreme Court on Monday upheld a decision giving the Preservation Society of Newport County zoning approval to build a visitors center on The Breakers grounds.

Many Vanderbilts oppose it, and a neighbors' group sued to stop the plan, saying it would hurt the neighborhood and destroy the historic nature of the grounds.

A lawyer for the Preservation Society says the decision is a significant step, and his clients are anxious to move forward.

Both sides say other zoning issues remain, so the battle is not yet over.

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