RI lawmaker proposes Rocky Point plates

Photo of Rocky Point Amusement Park in Warwick, circa 1900, from Rhode Island Secretary of State's Virtual Archives

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island’s iconic waterfront amusement park could soon have its own license plate.

Representative Joseph Solomon, Jr. has introduced legislation to create a Rocky Point specialty plate.

If approved, a portion of the proceeds from the plate would go to the non-profit Rocky Point Foundation, whose mission is to preserve the natural and historic heritage of the land formerly occupied by the Rocky Point Amusement Park in Warwick.

Like other specialty plates in Rhode Island, the Rocky Point license plate would cost a $40 issuance fee, and a $10 annual renewal surcharge.  $20 of the issuance fee would go to the Rocky Point Foundation, and $20 would go to the Rhode Island general fund.  All of the $10 renewal surcharge would go straight to the Rocky Point Foundation.

If the bill becomes law, a minimum of 900 Rocky Point plates would need to be pre-ordered before the DMV would begin issuing them.

Rocky Point Amusement Park closed in 1995.  The city of Warwick purchased 41 acres of the site in 2007, and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management bought the remaining 83 acres in 2013.

The site is now being converted into coastal state park.

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