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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Resident-Only Beaches?

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

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I beg your pardon, but are R.I. beaches the "property" of those who live in R.I. Aren't beaches and the ocean noone's property-belonging to Mother Nature and none other. Let HER decide who shall be allowed access or not...and, as for me, a male, living in a natural world that cannot survive with unlimited human population growth, I'm glad that I chose, for my part, not to overpopulate the planet with my progeny.

6:04 PM  
Blogger Surfrider Foundation said...

Yes, Surfrider believes strongly that beaches should be for everyone. In fact, one of our guiding priciples reads:

SURFRIDER promotes the right of low-impact, free and open access to the world's waves and beaches for all people. SURFRIDER acts to preserve this right of access.

Rick Wilson

10:05 AM  
Blogger John said...

In New Jersey, the State Supreme Court struck down the idea of charging residents and non-residents different fees over 30 years ago. While towns can chage a fee to cover their added expense of lifeguards and trash collection etc, they can't have a two-tierd fee system.

9:43 AM  

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