NARRAGANSETTâ€”The town council approved the appointment of Steven Wright to the position of Beach Superintendent this Monday evening with a vote of four to one. The position will run actively from May 15 to September 30. Wrightâ€™s main charge will be the upkeep of daily operational activities and the management of beach staff at a pay rate of $4500 per month.
â€śI am really excited to work for the town of Narragansett and everyone Iâ€™ve met has been great,â€ť said Wright.
â€śSteven has a number of years experience working at the state level overseeing beaches,â€ť said Town Manager Grady Miller. â€śHe possesses strong beach operation and facilities management skills and will be a real asset to the town.â€ť
Wright has an extensive resume working with the state parks and beaches, spending 36 years at the Parks and Recreation office of the Department of Environmental Management (DEM). He has also served as Superintendent of State Parks since 1986, managing the administrative and operational duties of campgrounds and parks throughout Rhode Island. Wright was key figure three years ago in the implementation of the Rhode Island Great Outdoors Pursuit, and initiative to get children outside and experiencing the natural environment which state parks and campgrounds offer.
â€śI am just getting acclimated with the beach facilities, profile of the beach, and the policies which the town has laid out for beach maintenance and support,â€ť said Wright.
There are several important issues which Wright will address during his tenure as superintendent, including the proposed increasing of parking rates at the town beach. These increases will come at a time when DEM has proposed similar raises at state beaches, affecting deep concern among residents who do not want to harm tourism in Narragansett in an already struggling economy.
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