Saturday, February 2, 2013
Planning Decisions, Inc. and Charles Colgan, Ph.D., University of Southern Maine, deliver positive and constructive report on America’s Cup event to the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation.
Rhode Island – and specifically, Fort Adams State Park – is well-positioned to host large marine events after seamlessly executing the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) last summer, according to the Large Marine Events Benefits Assessment Modeling Report by Planning Decisions, Inc. and Charles Colgan, Ph.D., University of Southern Maine. The report had a two-fold purpose: first, to analyze the fiscal impact of the ACWS, and second, to act as a learning tool for the state to better host comparable large marine events in the future. The feedback came from a random survey of visitors on all nine practice and racing days in the public areas of Fort Adams, resulting in a test field of 1,260 valid responses. “Hosting the America’s Cup races …
Friday, July 20, 2012
The STC also issued a contract for a review of the design of Memorial Boulevard, based on a request from the Newport City Council following the death of Dr. Elliot Kamanitz of Middletown,
Acting on a request submitted by Rep. Peter Martin (D-Dist. 75, Newport), the State Traffic Commission has approved installation of a crosswalk on Americas Cup Avenue in Newport, at the intersection of Thames Street, just south of the Brick Market Place. The RI Department of Transportation expects the crosswalk work can be completed by the spring of 2013. It will include signalized pedestrian lights that will work in conjunction with the currently existing traffic lights at the same location. Representative Martin, a former secretary of the Newport Planning Board and former chair of the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission, attended the STC meeting in support of the crosswalk request and other proposals for Newport that were considered. …
Monday, May 14, 2012
General admission tickets are $10 per day.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Tickets are now available for the America’s Cup World Series races in Newport this summer. General admission tickets grant access the America’s Cup Village at Fort Adams, which features a jumbotron, live race TV feed and other amenities during the races, as well as to view the team bases, also known as “pit row.” The World Series races run from June 26 to July 21. Tickets are not required from June 23 to 27. Practice racing days will be June 26 and 27, with the championship racing taking place from June 28 to July 1. The Newport stop of the America’s Cup is the final destination of the World Series circuit. Tickets are $10 per day. Order them here.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
The RIEDC says that the construction to prepare Fort Adams for the America's Cup is 75 percent complete and on schedule to be completed by May 1.
“Who has anything like this?” asked Keith Stokes, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC), as he walked through the active construction projects at Fort Adams State Park on Wednesday morning. Stokes said that although Newport has lacked the infrastructure to attract maritime activities in the past, the projects will not only make Newport a competitive venue, but with its history, charm and sailing conditions, Newport will rise into a league of its own. “It’s Newport," he said. "It’s a place people want to be." In November 2010, the RIEDC posted a request for proposal to hire an engineering firm to develop plans for a two-phase project including land and marine upgrades at the park. A $662,000 …
Although the America's Cup Authority recently announced changes to the upcoming event in Newport, the America's Cup Host Committee said the event will still begin on June 23 as scheduled.
The chairman of Newport's America’s Cup Host Committee said Wednesday that although the first few days of the local events have been modified into unstructured practice days, the overall timeline has not changed. Brad Read, who also serves as Executive Director of Sail Newport, said the Event Village, complete with champagne gardens, educational centers, shopping, spectator viewing and food concessions, will still open at Fort Adams on Saturday, June 23, per the original plan. Still, he said of the changes to the first few days: "it's not secret the committee is watching expenses." This news comes a few weeks after the announcement of a significant scale-back of the final America's Cup events in San Francisco, including the layoff of 28 …
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Ronald Wolanski, Director of Planning and Economic Development, has presented a proposed amendment that would allow temporary, off-site signs.
Middletown small businesses and special events might be allowed to use temporary or seasonal signs in the future, according to Ronald Wolanski, director of planning and economic development. In the first public hearing to the Town Council on Monday evening, he explained that although events such as those hosted by the Norman Bird Sanctuary, have used such signs to direct people to parking in the past, they technically violated zoning codes. The Planning Board has recommended that the council approve an amendment to the existing ordinance that would permit such signage. “They apply for the special events license, so this would be like an extension of that,” said Wolanksi after the meeting. An application would be submitted for …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The America's Cup World Series will take place June 23 to July 1.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Rep. Richard P. Morrison (D-Dist. 68, Bristol, Warren) has been named to the America’s Cup World Series Host Committee. The appointment to the committee was announced recently by Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee. The America’s Cup Host Committee was established by executive order of the governor to help coordinate Rhode Island’s efforts to ensure a successful racing event. The AC World Series will take place June 23 to July 1 in Newport. The committee will work closely with the America’s Cup Event Authority, municipalities and maritime and other businesses in the area to facilitate race team and spectator needs, coordinate safety measures and all other necessary functions. The event is expected to draw a significant number of visitors to the area, …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Brad Read will coordinate state-wide efforts to ensure a smooth event in June 2012.
Brad Read, executive director of Sail Newport, and a longtime Middletown resident, was recently named by Gov. Lincoln Chafee as the chairman of the America’s Cup World Series Host Committee. The committee is charged with coordinating Rhode Island’s support and logistics for the sailing event, scheduled to take place in Newport, June 23 to July 1, 2012. “It’s an honor, and I thank Gov. Chafee for thinking I can have an impact on this event,” said Read, who will continue in his position at Sail Newport, while also taking on this crucial volunteer role. As chair of the committee, Read will work with representatives from key organizations, including the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, the Rhode Island State Yachting Commission, …
Monday, October 17, 2011
Evan Smith and Mayor Waluk sat down with Patch to what Newport can expect next summer, after their visit to the series in Plymouth, England a few weeks ago.
High-energy, engaging, and high-tech. That's the experience Aquidneck Island residents can look forward to during the America's Cup event next summer, Newport city officials say. Those were the words used by both Mayor Stephen Waluk and Evan Smith, President of Newport Convention and Visitors Bureau, to describe their visit to the series held in Plymouth, England a few weeks ago. “It was a highlight to understand the mechanics of how they prepared at every level for the whole event,” Smith said. “So we were students, studying, really every aspect of that.” Waluk said he believes the event will attract both ardent sailing fans and non-sailors alike. “I think people are going to be struck by how contemporary it all is,” said Smith. “…
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Newport Mayor Stephen C. Waluk and Newport Visitors Bureau President Evan Smith will visit Plymouth, England, to observe the second stop in the inaugural America's Cup World Series.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
From September 16-20, 2011, Newport Mayor Stephen C. Waluk and Newport Visitors Bureau President Evan Smith will visit Plymouth, England, to observe the second stop in the inaugural America's Cup World Series (AC World Series). During the event, featuring both fleet and match racing, Waluk and Smith will be meeting with America’s Cup event officials, city leaders and numerous planning and promotional agencies that helped develop the Plymouth event. "This visit provides a great opportunity to see the impact of the races on the host community. Gaining a first-hand perspective on the benefits and challenges of the America's Cup races should better prepare Newport for hosting an event of this magnitude," Waluk said. “Visiting Plymouth will …