- Associated Press - Saturday, July 2, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Lower rates for parking at Rhode Island’s state beaches have gone into effect, just in time for Independence Day weekend.

Rates were cut by almost half in the state budget and took effect Friday.

Residents now pay $6 for weekdays, $7 for weekends and holidays and $30 for the season.

Nonresidents pay $12 for weekdays, $14 for weekends and holidays and $60 for the season.

The Westerly Sun reports that owners of private parking lots near Misquamicut (mis-KWAH’-mih-cut) State Beach are upset because their rates are partially based on the state’s parking fee.

Residents who already purchased a season pass at a higher rate will be refunded the difference.

They can contact the Department of Environmental Management to request a gift certificate for a season pass in the future.

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