July 12 2007

Resident-Only Beaches?

by Surfrider Foundation

Rhode Island residents deserve special treatment to ensure they don't get turned away from state beaches, as some did Sunday afternoon, July 8 when the state closed beaches to newcomers because of overcrowding.

That’s one repeat sentiment in projo.com’s survey asking what the state can do to keep the beaches open.

Here's a sampling of suggestions:

-- Some beaches reserved only for Rhode Islanders.

-- Cheaper entry fees for Rhode Island residents.

-- Distant parking lots with shuttle service set up for nonresidents, so Rhode Islanders have access to the parking lots at the state’s beaches.

Rick Wilson