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Why is Public Health & Safety important for a livable Newport?




The “livability” of a city or town starts with a basic need to feel safe. This includes the prevention of and protection from events that could endanger the safety of the general public. It also includes the deterrence of lesser transgressions such as litter and graffiti that affect our quality of life.



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  1. 34th America’s Cup Legacy Centers On Healthy Oceans and Sustainability
    Sailors for the Sea Announced as Official Sustainability and Clean Regattas Partner (article contributed by Jack McVicker)

    With the Newport stop on the journey to the 2013 America’s Cup just months away the planning has begun. Not only are the typical details being attended to but so too begins the Cup’s sustainability journey, a key component of the 34th America’s Cup legacy program. The America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA) is partnering with global and local ocean conservation efforts to reach people around the world who have an affinity for our world’s oceans, and motivate them to act to improve the health of the oceans.

    The ACEA is proud to introduce the first of these partners, Sailors for the Sea, and to announce its commitment to their Clean Regattas program. Sailors for the Sea is based here in Newport and makes its home in the renovated mill building in front of IYRS. Founded in 2004, Sailors for the Sea is a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers the boating community to protect oceans and local waters. For more information on or to participate in any of the Sailors for the Sea programs, or to become a member and support the organization, visit http://www.sailorsforthesea.org.

    “Sailors have the responsibility to ensure that our sailing grounds remain protected for future generations to enjoy. And as we are delivering the most prestigious sailing regatta in the world, we believe that we have an even greater responsibility,” said Neill Duffy, ACEA, Director of Sustainability. “Looking at the way we manage the on-the-water event is a natural place to start on our sustainability path towards setting a new standard for our sport. We believe that our partnership with Sailors for the Sea will demonstrate our commitment to delivering the 34th America’s Cup as an event with a positive social purpose.”

    Sailors for the Sea Clean Regattas certification provides independent, third-party verification that a yacht club, sailing program, or regatta is environmentally responsible, and is doing its utmost to protect the waters upon which people sail. By making the Clean Regattas Pledge, regattas, yacht clubs, and sailing programs commit to protecting clean waters and shores. Participants vow to fulfill, and encourage others to fulfill, the goals and requirements of Clean Regattas, and to work to protect waters for the use and enjoyment of this and future generations.

    “Sailors for the Sea is proud to work with the America’s Cup Event Authority to implement our Clean Regattas program that supports a clean and healthy ocean ecosystem while reducing the environmental footprint of the America’s Cup World Series, the Louis Vuitton Cup and America’s Cup Finals,” said Sailors for the Sea CEO Daniel Pingaro. “We are excited to support the sustainability initiative of the 34th America’s Cup. A clean, diverse and vibrant marine ecosystem is good for the environment, for recreation and the economy. The America’s Cup is moving into a new era and has committed to supporting a healthy ocean.”

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