WESTERLY, R.I. (WPRI) – Residents from Westerly and surrounding communities are happy that Misquamicut Beach has reopened – ahead of schedule.
The third annual SpringFest is taking place all weekend at the newly reopened beach.
The Misquamicut Business Association held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday to celebrate, marking the grand reopening of the beach following Superstorm Sandy's devastating destruction.
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Beach officials had a deadline to make repairs to the beach, dunes, homes and businesses in Westerly in time for the summer tourism season.
The annual SpringFest is celebrated by food, rides and music by local musicians such as John Cafferty. He lives in Westerly and plays with members of the Beaver Brown Band.
"This was such an important part of the life of developing musicians," Cafferty said of Misquamicut Beach. "They let us work hard. We played eight sets a day, we started at one in the afternoon and finished at one at night, so we just thought it was the greatest thing ever."
SpringFest is being held all weekend; 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
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