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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

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Municipal Report Card: Fire Island Governments Get C+ for Transparency

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By Timothy Bolger The half-dozen municipalities that govern Fire Island scored a cumulative grade of C+ on a recent report card that ranked nearly 200 Long Island localities’ responsiveness to public records requests. The News tallied Fire Island’s grade from the Long Island Open Records Report Card, which scored how local government entities responded to identical requests under the New … Full Story

PCLI Awards 2017: Fire Island News Wins “Best Front Page” 2nd Place

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By Timothy Bolger & Shoshanna McCollum ALONGSIDE NEARLY 50 PUBLICATIONS in the Long Island region, Fire Island News was bestowed a Press Club Long Island 2017 Media Award at the Woodbury Country Club at a ceremony held on Wednesday, June 7. Our Visual Design Director, Pamela Gurman, and photographer, Rachelle King, share Second Place for “Farewell to Summer” in the … Full Story

What Does the Ryan Zinke era Mean for FINS?

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By Timothy Bolger Ex-U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Montana) was recently named Secretary of Interior, putting him in charge of the National Park Service (NPS) and raising questions about what his tenure means for Fire Island National Seashore (FINS). The GOP-led U.S. Senate voted by a margin of 68-31 on March 1 to confirm the nomination of the former Navy SEAL … Full Story

OB Building Inspector Turnover Raises Questions

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By Timothy Bolger THE OCEAN BEACH VILLAGE building inspec- tor who took over this summer has lacked New York State certification legally required to perform such duties since last year, the Fire Island News has learned. The inspector, Theodore Minski, has been filling in on a part-time basis while the village, which has gone through at least six building inspectors … Full Story