PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – The Libertarian Party of Rhode Island today denounced the Cranston City Council’s passage this week of an ordinance that defies the spirit as well as the letter of the law as declared in the Constitution of the State of Rhode Island. The ordinance bans fishing from the end of Ocean Avenue in Edgewood, adjacent to the Rhode Island Yacht Club.
“The Rhode Island Constitution couldn’t be any clearer about our rights to access the shore, fish from it, gather shellfish, collect seaweed, and otherwise enjoy what the Ocean State shoreline has to offer,” said Libertarian Party of Rhode Island (LPRI) Chairman Pat Ford. “It is incumbent upon Mayor Fung to veto this bad ordinance immediately upon receipt.”
“According to testimony, the complaints are about noise, parking, and litter. This illegal ordinance does nothing to address those complaints,” said LPRI Director of Public Policy John Fennessy, “but it does infringe upon a constitutional right of Rhode Islanders.”
Fennessy and others in the LPRI are organizing a “Fish-In” against the unenforceable ordinance. Details of the event are still developing, pending final passage or veto of the ordinance.
Citizens committed to protecting their constitutional rights are invited to visit lpri.us/fishin to sign the petition, and register for updates.
“The Cranston City Council, and specifically its president Michael Farina, have no authority to impose this ban,” said Fennessy. “As such, we, the members of the Libertarian Party of Rhode Island, challenge that ban directly. Fishing anyone?”
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