NARRAGANSETT – The Narragansett Town Council voted Monday to increase certain beach fees for the 2014 beach season.
The council voted 4-1 with Councilor Douglas McLaughlin dissenting to increase the daily admission fee from $6 to $8 next summer.
The council also voted 4-1 to increase the North Beach Cabana leasing rate from $1,750 to $2,500, and to increase the leasing rate for the North Pavilion changing rooms from $600 to $700.
The council also voted 3-2 with Councilors Matthew Mannix and McLaughlin dissenting to increase the transferable hotel pass from $100 to $200, to increase the leasing rate for the South Pavilion lockers from $300 to $350 for residents and from $450 to $600 for non-residents.
The council opted to continue a discussion regarding the $500 reserved parking pass for former cabana owners whose units were destroyed in Hurricane Sandy after they voted 3-2 against reconstructing the cabanas, voting down a bid of $469,017 for the replacement project construction.
The votes followed lengthy discussion regarding the beach, its patrons and its role as an asset to the town.
Gerald Prior told the council that the raises they were considering on the cabana lease rates were unfair.
“I’ve been a cabana lease holder for over 50 years,” he said. “To raise cabana fees from $1,750 to $2,500, I don’t know whose idea that was, but I think it’s patently unfair for you to raise it that much, I understand you need a raise, but that type of raise is unfair.”