Raimondo selects July 29 as 2018 Governor’s Bay Day

BY EXECUTIVE ORDER THURSDAY, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo designated Sunday, July 29 as the 2018 Governor's Bay Day. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the local tradition. / PBN FILE PHOTO/K. CURTIS
BY EXECUTIVE ORDER, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo designated Sunday, July 29 as the 2018 Governor's Bay Day. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the local tradition. / PBN FILE PHOTO/K. CURTIS

PROVIDENCE – Marking the 30th anniversary of the local tradition, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo signed an executive order naming Sunday, July 29 as the 2018 Governor’s Bay Day.

“Rhode Island’s beaches are some of the best in the world – after all, there’s a reason we’re called the Ocean State,” said Raimondo in prepared remarks.

This year, state beaches will not charge for parking on Governor’s Bay Day, fishing in salt water bodies will be allowed without a permit on that day and the R.I. Public Transport Authority will wave the round-trip fare on all service to South County beaches on Rt. 66.

Those state beaches at which parking rates will be waived are Charlestown Breachway and East Beach in Charlestown, East Matunuck State Beach in South Kingstown, Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly, Roger W. Wheeler State Beach and Scarborough State Beaches (North and South) in Narragansett.

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“We’re delighted to welcome Rhode Islanders and tourists to visit our spectacular state beaches on Governor’s Bay Day,” said R.I. Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit in a statement.

The 30th anniversary of Governor’s Bay Day, she added, “presents the perfect opportunity to highlight the progress we’ve made cleaning up Narragansett Bay and celebrate the vitality of our coastal waters. We invite everyone to take some time out on the 29th and explore our beautiful Bay and gorgeous state beaches.”

The public can find more information on the event from the governor’s office via #GovBayDay.

Last year’s Governor’s Bay Day took place on Sunday, July 30.

Emily Gowdey-Backus is a staff writer for PBN. You can follow her on Twitter @FlashGowdey or contact her via email, gowdey-backus@pbn.com.

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