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Watch Hill visitors: Fight for your right to park

In the Monday, Aug. 11, Westerly Sun, there is notice of the proposed ordinance to be addressed at a public hearing in the Westerly Town Hall council chambers on Monday night, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m., as follows: “A tow zone is proposed for Watch Hill Road, both sides, from Avondale Road (southern intersection) to the intersection with the Westerly Road.”

Those of you who like to visit Watch Hill and its beaches may already be aware that access to parking has been severely limited by enlarged Bay Street parking space sizes and the removal of public parking at the Watch Hill Inn parking lot.

The lot above the merry-go-round is now owned by the fire district, and the parking there is being restricted as well. The Holdrege lot is privately owned and could conceivably, at some point, be lost to the public also.

People have been parking on the Westerly Road because of these restrictions in order to visit the village and get to the beaches.

You should all be aware that there is a faction of the Watch Hill Fire District and its governing body that is consciously attempting to keep you out!

I strongly urge you all to inundate the meeting at the town hall this coming Monday and put a halt to this greed by soundly defeating this ordinance and demanding that the town take measures to put an end to this strangulation of our access to Watch Hill by the fire district, which has absolutely no right to be doing anything but maintaining a fire department and fire district property.

If we don’t stand up to these people, we are in danger of losing our access to our beaches and Watch Hill itself at the hands of a small faction of elitists.

George Nicholas

Watch Hill

The writer is the owner of St. Clair Annex on Bay Street in Watch Hill.

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