Actor James Woods sues RI town over house being built on Lake Boone

EXETER – Oscar-nominated actor James Woods, known for his Family Guy episodes and ultra-conservative political views, is taking on a new cause: he’s opposing a neighbor’s attempt to build a house on the edge of Lake Boone.

Woods is a native Rhode Islander who graduated from Pilgrim High School in Warwick. His family has owned property in Boone Lake, not far from the Arcadia Management Area, for decades.

The 75-year-old actor sued the Exeter Zoning Board in state Supreme Court for approving a variance that would have allowed his neighbor, Harry Hawker III, to build a two-bedroom home on the undeveloped waterfront.

The site served as the Hawker family’s access point to the scenic lake and features a dock and fire pit.

A view of Lake Boone in Exeter from an East Shore home, showing West Shore homes.

In his petition, Woods argues that the board violated local zoning regulations by granting the variance and that Hawker failed to show that the proposed project would not change the character of the lakefront community. Woods also argues that Hawker has not proven that there is no other “reasonable alternative” use for the 14 acres at 0 West Shore Drive, which adjoins Woods’ family property.

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