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Zoning Board Letter

Here is a sample letter to the Newport Zoning Board in support of The Breakers welcome center proposal.  You can simply cut and paste this letter into your e-mail template as is, or customize it to your preference, and sign it with your name and city of residence.  Please e-mail it to the City Zoning Officer, Guy Weston, at
or you can mail it via U.S. Mail.

Newport Zoning Board
c/o Zoning Officer Guy Weston
City Hall
43 Broadway
Newport, RI 02840

Dear members of the Zoning Board

I support approval by the Zoning Board of Review of the special use permit proposed for The Breakers welcome center. It allows for a single location to provide a range of essential museum services at The Breakers, Newport's single most important and highly visited museum location: ticketing and orientation, restrooms with ADA access, light refreshments, and a place to sit down and take a break.

These are currently scattered across the facility and are all outdoors, inappropriate for a National Historic Landmark that is open 363 days a year.

The welcome center has already received a wide range of approvals. The Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission and the State Historic Preservation Officer have approved the design and location. The Certificate of Appropriateness has been issued. The Planning Board has agreed the proposal confirms to the Newport Comprehensive Plan.

I believe the proposed design is suitable, well-concealed from public view both from the grounds and from outside the grounds of The Breakers, and provides needed amenities for museum visitors.

I am urging the Zoning Board to approve the proposed special use permit.