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Seasonal Beach Admission Pass Policy

The Narragansett Town Beach shall remain open to the public subject to the Code of Ordinances and policies that may be enacted by the Town Council.

Seasonal Beach Admission Pass Policies

Pursuant to Chapter 82 of the Code of Ordinances, Article II entitled "Beaches", the following seasonal beach pass policy is hereby established:

1. Seasonal beach passes may be sold to any interested party, in accordance with the polices herein and the fee schedule(s) as may be adopted from time to time by the Town Council.

2. Seasonal beach passes shall be issued on an individual basis, and are nonĀ­-transferable. Seasonal beach passes must be presented for any and all access to the Town Beach.

3. A replacement seasonal beach pass may be issued if the original is lost, stolen, or destroyed. Each replacement fee is two (2) times the original beach access pass price, and will not be pro-rated during the beach season.

 4. Fraudulent or improper use of seasonal beach passes will result in the immediate revocation thereof, with no refund.  Patron must purchase a daily admission pass if beach access is desired for the remainder of the season.

Criteria and Fee Structure

Taxpayers of the Town of Narragansett who own property and pay local real property taxes of at least $800.00 to the Town shall pay the seasonal residential rate beach pass fee. The criteria for eligibility under this category are as follows:

1. Proof of property ownership shall be in the form of a Town of Narragansett property tax bill for the current quarter, or a final closing document (in the case of a new owner who has not yet received a Town of Narragansett tax bill). Passes must be obtained by each person individually
with proof acceptable to the Town (i.e. copy of valid driver's license, state Id, etc.).  For a dependent family member their address must match their parent’s / guardian’s address.

Corporations, partnerships, limited liability corporations (LLC's), etc. - Proof of property ownership shall be in the form of a Town of Narragansett property tax bill for the current quarter, or a final closing document (in the case of a new owner who has not yet received a Town of Narragansett tax bill). Seasonal beach passes at the residential rate within this category are limited to one (1) per entity. It is the responsibility of the corporation, partnership; limited liability corporation (LLC's), etc. to designate the pass holder who must be listed on the corporation, partnership, LLC etc. in writing (on appropriate letterhead) to the Town. Spouses and family members associated with the designated entity may purchase seasonal beach passes at the non-residential seasonal beach pass rate. Passes must be obtained by each person individually, with proof acceptable to the Town (i.e. copy of valid driver's license, state Id, etc.) 

Family Trusts for Estate Planning -If a property is held in the name of a trust that has been created by spouses, individual (s) or domestic partner(s) for estate planning purposes and the trust pays at least $800.00 in local property taxes, the following shall apply: 

1. If one or both spouses, individual(s) or domestic partner(s) are the trustees, then both spouses and dependent children shall be eligible for seasonal beach passes at the residential rate.

2. If one or both spouses,
individual(s) or domestic partner(s) are trustees, then vehicles registered to either spouse or their dependent children shall be eligible for a residential seasonal parking beach pass.

3. If neither of the spouses,
individual(s) or domestic partner(s) is a trustee but are beneficiaries of the trust and reside at the property, then both spouses and their dependent children shall be eligible for seasonal beach passes at the residential rate as set forth in 1 and 2 above. In these cases, the Trustee shall not be eligible for a residential seasonal beach pass or residential seasonal parking pass unless he or she qualifies on their own as either a resident or taxpayer.

4. All other cases not fitting into the criteria above shall be handled on a case-by-case basis by the Town Manager and Director of Parks and Recreation with advice from the Town Solicitor. The intent is to not penalize someone who has placed their property in trust while at the same time preserving access for those that truly qualify as a resident and/or taxpayer. Anyone dissatisfied with the determination made by the Town Manager and Director of Parks and Recreation may have the matter reviewed by the Town Council.

5.  Seasonal beach passes at the residential rate within this category are limited to one (1) per entity.

Residents: within the Town of Narragansett who do not qualify as taxpayers are eligible for a seasonal beach pass at the residential rate. The criteria for eligibility under this category are as follows:


1. Proof of residency shall be in the form of a current twelve (12) month lease and whose lease is on record and registered with the Town Building Official or a notarized letter from the landlord whose property is on record with the Town Building Official. Passes must be obtained by each person individually,
with proof acceptable to the Town (i.e. copy of valid driver's license, state ID, etc.).  A dependent family member’s address must match their parent’s / guardian’s addressThe Lessee must present two pieces of mail, addressed in their name with the Narragansett address. A utility bill must be one of the two pieces of mail such as National Grid or Cox Cable.

 Others: including any person wishing to purchase a seasonal beach pass who is not within any of the above categories, may do so at the non-resident seasonal beach pass rate. Passes must be obtained by each person individually, with proof acceptable to the Town (i.e. copy of valid driver's license, state ID, etc.).

Bonnet Shores Cabana Owners is designated as commercial property and pays commercial taxes and will follow the rules / regulations set forth under the Family Trust for Estate Planning.

Caretaker (currently 3 caretakers in Narragansett) with notarized letter from trustee / property owner

Entity:  One owner or business partner

Family Unit:  Husband, Wife and dependent family member(s) or domestic partner(s) and dependent family member




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