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

New $5.4M Saltaire Market Makes Memorial Day Debut

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New $5.4M Saltaire Market Makes Memorial Day Debut By Timothy Bolger Saltairians hungry for the long-awaited return of their village’s lone market are preparing to feast on grub served up at the new $5.4-million eatery and general store that’s reopening Memorial Day weekend. Village officials tapped Patrick Adams, who recently sold Le Dock, his former restaurant and bar in Fair … Full Story

Trustee Zaccaro Challenges Saltaire Mayor Cox

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By Timothy Bolger Saltaire village voters can re-elect their current mayor or choose a challenger during the elections on Friday, May 27, but only one candidate is running for one of two open trustee seats. Trustee John Zaccaro Jr. is challenging Mayor Robert Cox, who is running for his fourth two-year term, while Trustee Frank Wolf is expected to sail … Full Story

Fire Island Ferry Hikes OK’d

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By Timothy Bolger Riverhead, NY – Fire Island ferry riders will pay $2 more for round-trip tickets to and from the western communities starting May 15, and water taxi riders island-wide will pay even more, depending upon distance traveled. The Suffolk County Legislature unanimously approved the fare hikes with no debate during their April 28 meeting in Riverhead. Fire Island … Full Story

Fire Island Ferry Hike Proposal Advances

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By Timothy Bolger A proposed $2 increase on round-trip ferry fares for western Fire Island advanced this week and is moving full steam ahead toward a vote before the Suffolk County Legislature. During an April 20 meeting in Hauppauge, the Public Works, Transportation and Energy Committee unanimously approved the Bay Shore-based Fire Island Ferries’ request for an 11 percent fare … Full Story