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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

Cherry Grove Homeowners Sue for New Dune

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By Timothy Bolger The government discriminated against Cherry Grove oceanfront homeowners by omitting America’s first gay com- munity from a dune-rebuilding project spanning much of Fire Island, residents claimed in a lawsuit filed June 27. The plaintiffs’ alleged that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Suffolk County, the two entities behind the Fire Island Inlet to Moriches Inlet (FIMI) … Full Story

Spatengaville: Fire Island’s ‘Best Kept Secret’

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Spatengaville: Fire Island’s ‘Best Kept Secret’ By Timothy Bolger WELCOME TO SPATENGAVILLE, arguably the least-known community on Fire Island and surely the smallest with just four homes falling within its tiny, one-block-long borders on the eastern end of the barrier beach. Spatengaville was named for its founding developer, Hugo Spatenga, who established the extremely private and strictly residential neighborhood about a decade before the Fire Island National Seashore was formed just over … Full Story

Blue Point Beach: A Private Community Full of History

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Blue Point Beach: A Private Community Full of History By Timothy Bolger WELCOME TO BLUE POINT BEACH, one of the least known and most secluded communities on Fire Island! Blue Point Beach is a private residential neighborhood of 10 homes about a half-mile west of Davis Park, the easternmost community on FI, and around the same distance from Water Island to the west. The community is made … Full Story

Suffolk Urging Tax on Home Rentals

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By Timothy Bolger Suffolk County is cracking down on Fire Island homeowners that rent their residences for less than 30 days at a time, without charging renters the 3 percent hotel/motel tax, drawing ire from some. Suffolk County Comptroller John M. Kennedy Jr. announced in December that his office’s auditors would be checking to ensure hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts … Full Story

Saltaire Meeting 7/2/16: Zaccaro Takes Over as Mayor

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By Timothy Bolger SALTAIRE IS SELLING a vacant piece of oceanfront property preserved by late fashion icon Liz Claiborne to help pay off $5 million in debt the village accrued while building its new market.          The village board also approved a $6.2 million long-term borrowing plan to refinance short-term borrowing for the market due this fall, plus a new water … Full Story

Zaccaro Unseats Saltaire Mayor Cox

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By Timothy Bolger Saltaire Trustee John Zaccaro Jr. unseated three-term Mayor Robert Cox by a 21-vote margin in the village’s May 27 elections, which officials said had the highest voter turnout in recent memory. Even more surprising, the highest vote getter in the election wasn’t even on the ballot. Former Trustee Hillary Richard, who Trustee Hugh O’Brien unseated five years … Full Story