- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Warm weather brought beachgoers out this summer, helping to boost parking revenue at Rhode Island’s beaches.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1GBSGO0 ) that revenue at the seven state-owned, pay-to-park beaches rose $55,000, or 1.4 percent, compared with last summer. The Department of Environmental Management says that between May 7 and Labor Day, beach visitors paid $3.8 million to park in state beach parking lots.

It’s the third consecutive year beach revenue has increased and second highest since 2004. The highest seasonal collection was $4 million in 2012.

South County Tourism Council President and chief executive Myrna George said it was one of the most successful summers in years. She cited a heat wave and gas prices lower than in previous years.

She said hotel tax collections in communities in her area also increased.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com


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