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Newport, RI – Newport City Council will meet for the final time in 2017 on Wednesday, December 13th.

While the average duration of their Regular Council Meeting’s has average just twenty minutes over the last few months, Wednesday night’s agenda looks like it could be quite a bit longer has Council, the City and businesses try to get business done before year’s end.

This will be the final Council meeting for Councilor-At-Large John Florez, he announced back on November 22nd that he would be resigning in January. The City of Newport is currently accepting applications to replace him on the Council and announced that his replacement would begin on January 9th. The first regularly scheduled Council meeting of 2018 is scheduled for January 10th.

Newport City Council will host 22 regularly-scheduled meetings in 2018.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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