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F.I. Shipwrecks Seas the Day

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By Timothy Bolger The man who has experienced a shipwreck shudders at even a calm sea, Roman poet Ovid famously wrote two millennia ago. These days, the many shipwrecks off Fire Island’s coast are more of a curiosity, their survivors resting in peace with their trauma left to the history books, but three local wrecks recently made news long after … Full Story

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Villages Trade Places on Tax Cap Position

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By Timothy Bolger For the first time since New York State passed the 2 percent tax cap in 2011, Fire Island’s two villages are reversing their usual positions on opposite sides of the municipal mandate. The Village of Saltaire pierced the cap for the first time when its village board voted on April 10 to approve a 2.75 percent property … Full Story

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Why Did Fire Island Beer Co. Taps Run Dry?

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By Timothy Bolger Fire Island Beer Co. was going to finally open a tasting room last year, a decade after its successful launch tapped regional pride – but then the brewery surprisingly went out of business instead. What exactly led to the company’s demise is unclear, as those involved remain tight lipped. But regardless of what happened, fans remain heartbroken … Full Story

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Zinke Out, Bernhardt in as Interior Secretary

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By Timothy Bolger Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Ex-U.S. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke proved critics right when he resigned from his scandal-plagued tenure in January under of cloud of ethics probes. It was just shy of two years after he took over the parent agency of the National Park Service (NPS), which oversees Fire Island … Full Story

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The Lost Homes of Summer

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By Timothy Bolger   IN THE TWO YEARS SINCE about 20 oceanfront homeowners lost their property to government bureaucracy, preceding bulldozers building new dunes on half of Fire Island, those homes sit vacant and largely dune-free. The properties, mostly in Ocean Bay Park and Davis Park, were either bought out or condemned to make way for whatwill be the last … Full Story

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FI’s World Heritage Site Moonshot

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By Timothy Bolger Fire Island advocates pushing hard for the barrier beach to be designated a World Heritage Site – a designation that could come with grant funding and a higher profile – aren’t taking no for an answer. Behind the effort is Babylon-based attorney Irving Like, who famously helped lobby for the creation of the Fire Island National Seashore … Full Story

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Eye on FI: Sharks, Media Frenzy Hit the Beach

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By Timothy Bolger Shark Week arrived early on Fire Island when two kids were bitten while swimming here last month, days before Discovery Channel’s annual block of TV programming dedicated to the ocean’s apex predators. Instead of living vicariously through their televisions, Fire Islanders got a first-hard taste of shark bite mania when the news media descended upon the barrier … Full Story

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Eye on FI: Could Islip Districts Help the Beach?

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By Timothy Bolger Racial equity is the argument behind the latest push to split up the Town of Islip into council districts to reform its current at-large voting system, but the idea may work in Fire Island’s favor, too. Advocates last month filed a lawsuit in Central Islip federal court alleging Islip, the town board and Suffolk County Board of … Full Story

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FIN Scores Four at PCLI

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By Shoshanna McCollum The Annual Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) Media Awards were bestowed during a dinner ceremony at Woodbury Country Club on June 7, 2018, where Fire Island News received honors in four separate categories – a record number for this publication within the news year cycle. Two of the awards cite reader contributors as lead recipients. Fire … Full Story

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Eye on FI: Saltaire’s Seismic Subdivision

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By Timothy Bolger The late Liz Claiborne’s former estate, the last bay-to-ocean private property on western Fire Island – one of only six like it on the barrier beach – is slated to be subdivided by developers. At a May 16 meeting held nine days before Saltaire’s elections, the village board took seven minutes to approve the buyer’s request to … Full Story