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.

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.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
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