Beachgoers face parking challenges under new rules

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NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WLNE) –  After concerns about crowds, Governor Raimondo this week reduced parking capacity at two state beaches, Misquamicut and here at Scarborough State Beach, to 25 percent.

“The parking lot over there is closed,” said Julia Cardece of Bellmore, NY. “It’s huge, and it’s just closed.”

Some families say the new rules encouraged them to leave home very early Saturday morning.

“We left around 7 AM and got here within an hour,” said Tirell Jones of Woonsocket. “And there was already a line. It was a really long line, and we were surprised because we left early.”

Some beachgoers say they had to try multiple beaches before finally finding a spot.

Many checking the state’s website to see what parking was available.

Parking illegally in Narragansett could risk a $75 fine or getting your car towed, but some took their chances anyway.

“We parked somewhere on a side street,” said Josefina Lugo of Worcester, MA. “I hope our car’s out there when we go back.”

But beachgoers despite the added difficulty in getting here today, it was all worth it in the end.

“I think it’s great,” said Chris Matthews of Watertown, CT. “Because otherwise there would be massive amounts of people and we’d be too close.”

“As frustrating as it is, we just want everything to get back to normal as fast as it can,” said Danielle Gardner of Warwick.

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