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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

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Eye on FI: Battle Brewing Over Offshore Drilling

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By Timothy Bolger Not since Fire Island’s sandbars shredded schooners a century ago has this coast seen as much drama now that New York State declared war on President Donald Trump’s proposed opening the Atlantic to offshore drilling. Trump’s order for the U.S. Department of Interior to study leasing federally managed sea beds to energy companies for fossil fuel exploration … Full Story

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FI Eateries Adopt Surcharge

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By Timothy Bolger Some Fire Island restaurants are giving patrons a taste of a new 3 percent surcharge that restaurateurs say is needed to offset recent New York State-mandated minimum wage increases for tipped employees. Nine of the 11 restaurants in downtown Ocean Beach are serving the fresh fee this summer. Some find it tough to swallow, but the Ocean … Full Story

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FINS Halves Deferred Maintenance Backlog

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By Timothy Bolger The Fire Island National Seashore (FINS) cut in half the amount of delayed construction projects ranging from repaving roads to modernizing marinas in the federal park over the past year, officials said. The deferred maintenance backlog, as such un-kept upkeep is known, had a price tag of $16 million last year, but was reduced the $8.6 million … Full Story

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FI News Marks 60 Years in Biz

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By Timothy Bolger This summer marks the 60th anniversary of Fire Island News, which inspired us to take a moment to reflect on the storied history of the oldest newspaper covering the beach. Over the past six decades, the News has reported on it all, from the workaday police blotters and community gossip to politically pivotal moments in the region’s … Full Story

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Friends of Animals Sues FINS

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Animal Group Sues to Block Planned F.I. Deer Hunt By Timothy Bolger An animal rights group filed a lawsuit that aims to kill the Fire Island National Seashore’s plan to use hunters to cull the population of white-tailed deer on the barrier island. Friends of Animals, a Darien, Connecticut based nonprofit, is asking a federal judge to nix the planned deer … Full Story

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Rental Scams Rock F.I. Shores

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Online Scammers Target Fire Island By Timothy Bolger It was supposed to be a classic family vacation like any other at a relaxing Ocean Beach rental home until the homeowner arrived and demanded to know why the family was there. As it turned out, the homeowner hadn’t rented the house, but a scammer tricked the family into believing that they … Full Story

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Federal Wildlife Hunting Rule Heads to Court

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By Timothy Bolger Environmentalists suing the Trump administration are trying to undo the recent rollback of Obama-era federal restrictions aimed at saving wolves and bears from certain hunting in 16 National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska. The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit April 20 in Alaska federal court naming Ryan Zinke, the newly appointed Secretary of Interior, who the group … Full Story