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Misquamicut State Beach Parking Fees Raised

In this March 3, 2016 photo seals rest on rocks in Narragansett Bay off the coast of North Kingstown, R.I. Rhode Island as recently upped the rates of parking fees for Misquamicut State Beach. (Steven Senne/AP)
In this March 3, 2016 photo seals rest on rocks in Narragansett Bay off the coast of North Kingstown, R.I. Rhode Island as recently upped the rates of parking fees for Misquamicut State Beach. (Steven Senne/AP)

It's now a little more expensive to park at Rhode Island's most popular state beach.

The daily parking rate at Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly is now $10 on weekdays and $15 on weekends and holidays for state residents, and $20 on weekdays and $30 on weekends and holidays for out-of-state visitors, the state Department of Environmental Management announced.

The old rates were $6 on weekdays, $7 on weekends and holidays for residents; and $12 on weekdays, $14 on weekends and holidays for non-residents.

The new rates took effect this week.

Misquamicut has about 2,700 parking spaces.

“The modest increase in beach fees at Misquamicut limit the burden on Rhode Island taxpayers by ensuring that beach patrons, including the 88% of out-of-state residents who visit Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly each year, contribute their fair share toward beach operations,” Jason McNamee, deputy director of the agency's Bureau of Natural Resources, said in a statement.

The new fees were approved by the state legislature.

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