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Warwick's acting mayor tossing beach fees

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — People visiting Warwick's city beaches this summer won't have to pay for parking after all.

The city's acting mayor, Joseph Solomon, announced Thursday he's suspending the implementation of a proposed beach fee for the season.

City Council and former Mayor Scott Avedisian last year approved a plan that would have charged beachgoers a fee to park at Oakland, Conimicut Point and City Park beaches. 

The fees were slated to go into effect June 1. However, Solomon said he wants a more "detailed analysis" of the plan and an "effort to determine the origin of the beach litter that was the impetus for the program to be proposed."

In a release, Solomon also said the fees were not included in the budget Avedisian submitted to City council earlier this week.

“I cannot in good faith move forward with this program without definitive budget information,” he said.

“Our beaches are some of Warwick’s best recreational and environmental assets,” Solomon said. “My ultimate goal is to ensure that our beaches are clean for the enjoyment of our residents and out-of-town guests and to keep litter from polluting the Bay, without putting a possibly undue financial burden on beachgoers."

Avedisian left office earlier this week. Solomon, the City Council president, will serve as acting mayor until an election is held in November.

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