Ready to spend: R.I. cities, towns have differing ideas about how to deploy relief funds

FOCAL POINT: Warwick Mayor Frank J. Picozzi stands on Conimicut Point with the Conimicut Shoal Lighthouse in the background. Picozzi wants to use some of the city’s federal COVID-19 relief funds to renovate the historic beacon.  / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY
FOCAL POINT: Warwick Mayor Frank J. Picozzi stands on Conimicut Point with the Conimicut Shoal Lighthouse in the background. Picozzi wants to use some of the city’s federal COVID-19 relief funds to renovate the historic beacon. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY
The historic Conimicut Shoal Lighthouse at the mouth of the Providence River is far from being the shining beacon it once was, but Warwick Mayor Frank J. Picozzi is hoping the American Rescue Plan Act can, well, come to the rescue. Ravaged by storms, waves and the fragility of its age, the 138-year-old, sparkplug-shaped lighthouse…

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