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RI Department of Environmental Management
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DEM TO HOLD PUBLIC WORKSHOP ON PORT OF GALILEE OPERATING REGULATIONS
PROVIDENCE Ė The Department of Environmental Management will hold an informal public workshop on Thursday, October 19 to discuss proposed revisions to regulations governing the Port of Galilee and the berthing management system. DEM has worked with the Galilee fishing community to draft revisions that reflect changes in commercial fishing industry operations, and is soliciting public comment at the workshop. A formal public hearing on the proposed revisions has not yet been scheduled.
Working in collaboration with the fishing community, DEM has drafted proposals that address where and how bait is stored on the piers; designate a lobster pot "power-wash" area; and designate an immediate loading and unloading zone along the bulkhead. The proposals would also allow the Island High Speed Ferry to dock at the end of State Pier 3 South when the tour boat Southland is not in port. The proposed regulations also modify requirements for charter boats in order for their berth permits to be renewed. Under the proposed regulations, full time and seasonal designations would be eliminated and all charter boats would be required to make 30 fishing trips a season to be eligible for a berth permit.
Copies of the proposed regulations are available at DEMís Division of Coastal Resources at 301 Great Island Road in Narragansett, or by calling the Division at 783-5551. They are also available on DEMís website at www.dem.state.ri.us/gail2000.pdf.
The workshop will be held at 3 p.m. on October 19 in the conference room at Narragansett Town Hall at 25 Fifth Avenue in Narragansett. The meeting site is handicapped-accessible. Individuals requesting interpreter services for the hearing impaired should notify DEMís Division of Coastal Resources at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting.