With boating season just around the corner, the City of Newport announced today that the Harbormaster’s Office is rolling out a new dinghy permitting program designed to help reduce the number of unattended vessels at the King Park Stone Pier.

Earlier this month, the City Council gave their approval to a new dinghy permitting program intended to reduce the number of unattended vessels at the Stone Pier and to provide smaller vessel owners a place in the harbor.

“We recognize that simply getting out on the water – even if it’s just on a small tender – is an important source of enjoyment for many longtime residents,” said Harbormaster Tim Mills in a press release provided to us by the City.  “We want to make sure that all boaters are able to safely enjoy the harbor – regardless of the size of their boat.”

The new Stone Pier Dinghy Dock permit program is designed to help alleviate some of those concerns, according to the City.

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Under the program, the Stone Pier Dinghy Dock will remain available to any vessel no greater than twelve (12) feet, however anyone wishing to leave a dinghy overnight at the dock will be required to have a sticker issued by the Harbormaster’s Office.

Any Newport resident with or without a mooring permit is welcome to apply for a sticker in person at the Harbormaster’s Office, located at 39 Americas Cup Ave. Anchorage users may hail the Harbormaster on VHF Channel 16 and request a sticker from the patrol boats.

All private or commercial mooring permit holders will also require a sticker from the Harbormaster’s Office in order to tie up.

While there is no fee for mooring permit holders or anchorage users, resident non-mooring permit holders should be prepared to submit proof of residency in the form of either a Newport voter registration card, or R.I. Driver’s License with Newport address, along with a $50 annual sticker fee.

Additionally, all applicants must submit a copy of state issued boat registration for the dinghy with the application form.

If you have any questions regarding the new program, contact the Newport Harbormaster at 401-845-5815 or email at tmills@cityofnepwort.com or  smariani@cityofnewport.com.

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