To the editor:
In reading the RI-Taxpayers’ website about concerns that the tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge will come to bear and the effect they will have on people using that bridge, tourism, regional traffic, etc., I can personally attest that that will be the case.
I just officially canceled a portion of a tour that I am running for the New England Alfa Romeo Sports Car Club and the British Motor Cars of New England Club. The tour involves 30 vintage Italian and British sports cars that will be taking part in a rally on this coming June 1, a Saturday.
My tour for these wonderful cars will be starting in North Kingstown, over onto Jamestown and then into Newport.
It was then scheduled, after lunch, to head for Tiverton and on to Little Compton to the Sakonnet Vineyards for a wine tasting after which many of the participants were then going to make arrangements at various inns, bed and breakfasts and motels in the area for overnight
stays. They would then tour that area on their own the following day.
What with the obscene toll rate put in place by the morons at the RI Turnpike and Bridge Authority, and considering that tolls will already have to be paid, coming and going at the Newport Bridge, it was decided to end the tour in Newport to save the participants this not previously planned-on expense. They will now stay overnight and spend their money at Newport facilities.
I felt terrible having to do this but I was starting to get complaints from the participants about these added costs, especially as Mr. Darlington and his bandits at the Bridge Authority decided to not only implement these obscene tolls but to stick especially high costs on those who wish to come to visit and spend money with local Tiverton and Little Compton merchants, which apparently in
many cases such as my event ain’t gonna happen!
This is but one more example of everything that is wrong in this state, its anti-business attitudes, etc., all brought about by a bunch of incompetents in Rogues Island state government and its many boards, commissions and quasi-state agencies!