- Associated Press - Sunday, May 7, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Lower rates for parking at Rhode Island’s state beaches are continuing for another summer.

The state Department of Environmental Management says reduced parking fees remain in effect at state facilities as beach season kicks off this month.

The department says residents will again pay $6 for weekdays, $7 for weekends and holidays and $30 for the season this year.

The state budget passed by legislators and signed by the governor last June cut beach fees by almost half for the remainder of last year’s season. It was the first reduction in recent history.

The department is maintaining the reduced rates for residents. Non-residents pay double.

State beaches in Narragansett and Westerly are scheduled to open on weekends beginning May 13.

All state beaches will be open daily beginning May 27.

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