Narragansett City Council Blocks Beach Fees, Relaxes Parking Policy | News
NARRAGANSETT, RI – Winter after vacation is usually when Narragansett sets its beach fee for next summer, locking in seasonal pass rates for residents as well as daily general admission and parking .
With prices rising for everything from homes to groceries, the city on Monday announced good news for beach goers.
This year, the city council has chosen to keep the rates unchanged from last year. The council also removed parking restrictions on the North and Cabana parking lots, which were restricted to residents and taxpayers in 2021. This means all parking lots in Narragansett Town Beach will be open after 5 p.m. without restriction.
Daily admission will remain at $ 12, and parking will remain at $ 10 on weekdays, $ 15 on weekends and holidays.
âBasically no increase in parking or parking fees,â said Council Chairman Jesse Pugh. “And all the car parks will be open to the general public after 5 p.m.”
Seasonal passes for residents and taxpayers cost $ 25 for adults, $ 10 for youth, and $ 50 for parking. Admission is free for those aged 62 and over, disabled Narragansett veterans and serving military personnel.
The city beach is designed to be self-contained, that is, it can operate without any additional burden on taxpayers. The fees are designed not only to cover annual operating expenses, but also to pay for long-term projects such as building renovations, parking lot repairs and replacements, sand replenishment and damage control. by storms and erosion.
âBeach fees don’t affect taxes,â Pugh said. âIf we increase the fees, it doesn’t reduce anybody’s taxes. “
The income and expenses of the beach form the basis of the Beach Enterprise Fund, which fully pays for the operations and capital costs of the beach without the support of the general city fund.
The city’s director of parks and recreation, Michelle Kershaw, has reviewed the Beach Enterprise Fund for the past four years and the financial report for the 2021 beach season. She said there has been a loss of income of 12 %, with a net gain of $ 259,680.
At a beach workshop on November 15, the board agreed that the Beach Enterprise Fund remains healthy and there is no need to increase fees.
The council also had a long discussion at the time about the fees charged for the rental of lockers and cabins, but kept them as is when there was no clear direction on what to do, Pugh said.
Resident Catherine Celeberto said she doesn’t think the North and Cabana lots should be open to everyone after 5 p.m., but remain reserved for residents.
âThe people of this city work. They can’t get to the beach before 5 pm, âshe said. âThere has been a shift from Scarborough and Sand Hill Cove to Town Beach. I don’t think it’s fair that a working taxpayer has to fight with people who don’t live here and pay no tax at all to get to their own beach. You have to keep a part aside for the residents.
The Al Alba resident said the fees should be kept at a level if current revenues can support the beach.
âLet’s face it, the beaches attract a lot of tourists,â he said. âThe beach brings us taxpayer money. People don’t just go to the beach, they go to restaurants and stores. It’s the income that comes in.