This story was originally posted on January 20th, it was updated on January 28th

Councilor John Florez has submitted a resolution to be reviewed by City Council at their next regularly scheduled meeting on January 27th that would suspend the current parking ordinance during the month of January and February.

With passage of the resolution, Newport City Council would provide residents with “a much need break during the winter months, by suspending the current parking ordinance for the months of January an February. Individuals who have resident stickers will be allowed to park for any duration of time in all non-handicap parking spaces.”

At the January 27th meeting

  • Councilor Florez made an amendment to omit Thames Street and Broadway from the list of streets included in this resolution but to extend the resolution to March 31st and for it to be looked at a one time pilot program for future consideration. Seconded it by Councilor Camacho.
  • After discussion, the resolution and motion failed 5 -1 with (with Councilor Florez voting in favor and Councilor’s Mclaughlin, Napolitano, Neville Cegile and Camacho voting against). It was not made clear which way Councilor Leonard voted, we’ve reached out to her to confirm.

Currently there is no fee for parking at meters but there is a 3 hour limit that remains in effect for most parking spaces until 6pm daily. Download the full parking guide here


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