Changes afloat for town beach season-pass holders

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.