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Saltaire Road Work Builds Island-Wide Wave of Anxiety

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By Timothy Bolger When the sun sets on summer and Tumbleweed Tuesday dawns on Fire Island, the din of construction replaces children’s laughter and carefree tourists’ chatter, as the off-season marks the return of renovation season. While much of the work is home improvement, one stretch of road repairs on the west end is worrying many of the barrier island’s … Full Story

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Fire Island Inlet Flood Gate Idea Makes Waves

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By Timothy Bolger Building a massive steel and concrete structure known as a flood gate that could temporarily close the mouth of the Fire Island Inlet may prevent hurricane storm surge from inundating the South Shore of Long Island, according to a new federal study stirring up debate. Flood gates could also be built in Jones Inlet, Rockaway Inlet, and … Full Story

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Burma Road Pedicab Taxi is New Form of FI Transportation

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By Timothy Bolger Those visiting Robert Moses State Park or traveling the west end of Burma Road have likely spotted one of the area’s newest companies making a buzz on the beach: Fire Island Pedicabs, a tricycle taxi that recently started giving passengers pedal- powered rides between Field 5, the Fire Island Lighthouse, and Kismet.   The startup debuted this … Full Story

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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