On weekdays when the weather's warm, as many as 7,000 people a day flock to Narragansett Town Beach. On weekends about 10,000 people.
So before the season starts, the town is modernizing its season pass-holder processing system and eliminating the old cards and buttons.
There are no fee increases; you'll just have to smile for the camera.
There was a lot of abuse with the old system with residents holding non-transferable season passes.
So with a hardware and software upgrade, picture IDs are being required this year at the same rate -- $25 for residents, $50 for non-residents.
Transferable season passes will be offered for $200.
Through Friday, you can get a photo ID season pass from 8:30 a.m. to 4p.m. at the Narragansett Parks and Recreation headquarters on 170 Clark Road.
After Friday, the equipment will be moved to the Narragansett Town Beach South Pavilion and will be ready on May 4 to start processing from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., seven days a week.
There'll be no change for day trippers. It'll cost $6 and you'll receive a wristband instead of a photo ID.
The beach officially opens on May 25.
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