- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Boaters are protesting new harbor limits imposed by Newport.

The city approved a policy early this year barring boaters from anchoring more than 14 days in one of the harbor’s open anchorage areas. Boaters must leave for at least four days.

The Newport Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/IX5CGL ) that boat owners complain the policy has led to problems looking for new sails and other refits that take longer than two weeks and for people who live on their boats.

Companies that service boats also complain of lost business,

City Harbor Master Tim Mills says that under guidelines set by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, anchorage areas must be “free and open to all on equal terms,” which is impossible if a boater anchors for the summer and ties up the area.

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Information from: The Newport Daily News.


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