Fires at Portsmouth beach to continue despite chiefs concerns

  • Source: East Bay RI
  • Published: 06/23/2020 01:01 PM

The longstanding tradition of allowing campfires at McCorrie Point Beach was upheld by the Town Council Monday night, despite recommendations by both the police and fire chiefs to ban them outright due to safety concerns. The council did, however, place a limit on the number of fires allowed. Under a motion made by council member Keith Hamilton, the Department of Public Works will designate three areas on the beach for fires, and the fire department will issue no more than three burning permits each night. The motion included an amendment made by Council Vice President Linda Ujifusa to contact the town’s municipal insurance company to clarify the town’s liability and insurance issues regarding campfires. The council voted 6-1 in favoring of allowing the fires to continue, with Daniela Abbott opposed.


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