Rhode Island

Rhode Island House Speaker Aims to Freeze Beach Parking Fees

Many Connecticut residents head to Rhode Island beaches in the summer and a R.I. state official is looking to keep parking fees the same as they are now. 

R.I. House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says he's looking to freeze beach parking fees rather than increase them as the governor requested. 

The Democrat told WPRO-AM on Thursday the budget will likely maintain the current rates for two or three years. 

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo wants fee increases at state beaches and campsites to add staffing in the state parks system. 

The R.I. Department of Environmental Management proposed that residents pay $2 more for daily beach parking or $10 more for a season pass. 

Non-residents would pay $4 more for daily parking or $20 more for a season pass. 

The General Assembly cut the fees in 2016.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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