- Associated Press - Saturday, July 29, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Parking at all Rhode Island state beaches will be free for the annual Governor’s Bay Day.

Gov. Gina Raimondo has declared Sunday as the 29th Governor’s Bay Day.

In addition to free parking at all state beaches, people are allowed to fish Rhode Island’s saltwaters without a license.

Round-trip fares on Rhode Island Public Transit Authority buses to South County beaches are waived.

The Democratic governor calls it one of her favorite Rhode Island traditions.

Janet Coit is the director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. She calls Narragansett Bay the lifeblood of Rhode Island. She says Bay Day provides an opportunity to highlight progress in cleaning up the bay and celebrating the vitality of local waters.

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