Letter: Rebuild Stone Bridge, take control of Teddy’s Beach

Posted 8/31/21

To the editor:

It is time for 02871 to step up and rebuild the Stone Bridge abutment in Island Park. It is time for 02871 to step up and take control of Teddy’s Beach in Island Park.

To …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Log in

Not a subscriber?


Start a Subscription

Sign up to start a subscription today! Click here to see your options.

Purchase a day pass

Purchase 24 hours of website access for $2. Click here to continue

Day pass subscribers

Are you a day pass subscriber who needs to log in? Click here to continue.


Letter: Rebuild Stone Bridge, take control of Teddy’s Beach

Posted

To the editor:

It is time for 02871 to step up and rebuild the Stone Bridge abutment in Island Park. It is time for 02871 to step up and take control of Teddy’s Beach in Island Park.

To make this happen, I will present a detailed plan for the Town Council for their unanimous consent for a resolution to our State House.

Why?

RIDOT (R.I. Department of Transportation) did not restore the old abutment; they cheaped out, and it is an eyesore.

RIDEM (R.I. Department of Environmental Management) told the town recently, Teddy’s Beach is not under RIDEM control, indicating it is RIDOT’s property.

In March of 2015, then Town Councilor Jim Seveney received an approval to start a committee to look into these two sites. I am still investigating what happened since 2015 committee was formed. It is 2021 (and) time to re-invent the wheel to get this done.

Be advised, Tiverton voters approved to rebuild their side of the Stone Bridge abutment and take on Grinnell’s Beach in 2016. I was told yesterday it was completed late in 2017.

Island Park deserves a new Stone Bridge abutment and a really nice Teddy’s Beach.

Rep. Jay Edwards did tell me recently, while touring these sites, that Rhode Island is getting $1 billion in American Recovery Funds. Using diligence and intel from Tiverton, Portsmouth will have an easier time getting this completed. Sen. Seveney will carry the resolution to the State House with Rep. Edwards to get the initiate started.

Please join us at the Sept. 13 Town Council meeting to support all of the above.

Any question, comments? E-mail johnvit53@gmail.com.

John Vitkevich

119 Hummock Ave.

Portsmouth

2021 by East Bay Newspapers

Barrington · Bristol · East Providence · Little Compton · Portsmouth · Tiverton · Warren · Westport
Meet our staff
Mike Rego

Mike Rego has worked at East Bay Newspapers since 2001, helping the company launch The Westport Shorelines. He soon after became a Sports Editor, spending the next 10-plus years in that role before taking over as editor of The East Providence Post in February of 2012. To contact Mike about The Post or to submit information, suggest story ideas or photo opportunities, etc. in East Providence, email mrego@eastbaymediagroup.com.