We've been going to Block Island for many years now and love it because of the 3 major islands in the area, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and BI, BI, at least IMHO, is the anti-island. It isn't like the other 2 in that there are no chains, hotels or restaurants, though we always count the one exception, Ben & Jerry's, nor golf courses ( though as an avid golfer I still love it) Building of any kind takes an act of Congress, and it is a hikers and nature lovers paradise. Yes there are shops, pubs, restaurants, guest houses, B & B's, and some turn of the century hotels, but it isn't overrun, and it offers something for just about everyone.
I also regularly read the Block Island Times, online at block-island.villagesoup.com, and was disturb to see recently that after a recent 4th of July celebration of Surf Beach, partiers wanted to do a second round today, July 16th.. Local officials caught the announcement of Facebook and it was quickly put to an end. But it could have meant 300 to 500 people boozing it up causing all sorts of problems for the local police, not to mention families and others who want to visit for the day or are on vacation.
I see regular posts from people concerned about where to stay because of weekend partying. That's too bad. Everyone should be able to have a good time. I like a glass of wine or 2 and want to relax on the island, but I shouldn't be worried about excessive noise or partying when I finally go to sleep. A little common respect goes a long way.
The last thing I want to do is sound like a prude. But Block Island isn't Fort Lauderdale either. Please have a good time, stay up late if you want and enjoy the music at a local bar, but respect those who are looking for a quieter time. The island is small as we all know who visit often, and everyone can enjoy it.