DEM says decision to reduce parking capacity at two RI state beaches difficult, but necessary

Scarborough

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The DEM says the decision to limit parking at both Scarborough and Misquamicut State Beaches was difficult, but necessary.

Attendance at state beaches had almost doubled from June 2019 to June 2020. This affecting local traffic and creating overcrowding at the beaches. Also leading to a large increase in illegal parking on nearby streets causing more issues for local residents.

Mike Healey, Spokesperson for RI DEM said, “The beaches for the local communities, the state beaches, are challenging and have draw backs. And two of those draw backs are traffic and illegal parking.”

After speaking with Chief Shawn Lacey of the Westerly Police Department, he says the parking capacity has made a significant difference compared to last weekend. Traffic flocking to the beach was not an issue Saturday in Misquamicut.

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