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Surf fans win fight to stop Newport wall

NEWPORT, R.I. — In the litany of devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy’s terrible force, the collapse of an approximately 25-foot stretch of sidewalk along the rocky shore of Rhode Island would, at first glance, seem to be a speck unworthy of attention.

But this is Newport, and that damaged path is part of the renowned Cliff Walk, which wends its way between the spectacular ocean views and the fabled mansions that lure tourists from across the globe to the tip of Aquidneck Island. Not only that: The waves that crash off the portion of the cliff near Ruggles Avenue are considered to be among the best in New England for surfing.

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