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RI News
8:57 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Officials Expect A Lucrative Rhode Island Tourist Season

Events like the Newport Folk Festival draw thousands to Rhode Island during the state's important tourist season.
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Beaches have opened and warm weather is upon us, which can mean only one thing for the Ocean State, tourist season has begun. State officials are expecting increases in revenue compared to last year. Summer arrived later than usual last year, and Rhode Island saw just an average tourist season.  But this year thermometers have already been pushing 80 degrees. 

Director of tourism for Commerce RI, Mark Brodeur said early beach openings, and events like the Volvo Ocean sailing race in Newport are giving the season a strong start.

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Weather
8:34 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Bertha Bringing Big Swells, Strong Rip Currents

Though farther up the bay, Connimicut Point beach in Warwick may see larger waves, and an especially strong rip current due to Tropical Storm Bertha.
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Tropical Storm Bertha continues to move up the Atlantic. 

The closest the storm will come to Rhode Island is about 300 miles off the coast of Cape Cod.  The storm has been steadily decaying in power, and not expected to dump too much rain on the state.  (Though thunderstorms have been predicted for this week.  The National Weather Service has issued an advisory.)

National Weather Service spokesperson Bill Simpson says it’s still expected to have an impact on Rhode Island waves.

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Environment
12:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Rhode Island Receives $7.5 Million For Sandy Cleanup

Rhode Island is receiving more federal funding to continue cleanup efforts started after Superstorm Sandy. The money will also be used to prepare the state for future storms and the effects climate change.

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Environment
2:56 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Cliff Walk Repairs On Hold As Bid Is Examined

The Cliff Walk in better times, prior to Superstorm Sandy.
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Repairs to the Cliff Walk in Newport destroyed by Superstorm Sandy are on hold as the Department of Transportation is examining an unusually low bid that has been submitted.

The bid for repairs came at 3 million dollars; about 2 million less than most of the others.

The low amount raised eyebrows, said city official Robert Power, who was worried about the quality of the work.

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Environment
9:04 am
Thu September 19, 2013

North Kingstown Facing the Impending Impact of Climate Change

Residents and businesses in the North Kingstown area are invited to a free public meeting regarding the impacts of climate change, rising tides, and flooding in the coastal communities of Rhode Island.

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