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

Projects Update: Fire Island Beach Rebuilding to Restart Next Fall

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By Timothy Bolger Fire Island, New York – Fire Island beach replenishment work ground to a halt as of April, when the endangered Piping Plovers’ mating season hatched, meaning the shorefront project won’t restart until this fall, officials said. Of the three phases of the Fire Island Inlet to Moriches Inlet (FIMI) project, the Smith Point County Park leg was … Full Story

OBA Gives Sneak Peak of Summer

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By Timothy Bolger Among the first signs of spring were plans for the coming summer on Fire Island, sprouting at the Ocean Beach Association’s annual winter meeting March 18, at All Souls Church in Manhattan. Four of the five candidates running for three village trustee seats planted their stake in the June 5 elections with stump speeches before the crowd … Full Story

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Fire Island Ferry Fare Hike Proposed

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By Timothy Bolger Ferry riders may soon pay a dollar more for each trip across the Great South Bay, if Suffolk County lawmakers grant a request by Fire Island’s largest ferry and lone water-taxi company. Fire Island Ferries, the Bay Shore-based company serving the eight westernmost communities, requested an 11-percent fare hike, which would bring the current $17 round-trip fare … Full Story

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Fire Islanders Sound Off on Beach Rebuilding, Condemnation

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By Timothy Bolger Fire Islanders mostly favor a controversial $207-million federally funded plan to pump sand on their beaches and dunes to fix erosion caused by Sandy, but they oppose condemning oceanfront homes to do it. That’s the consensus from 15 residents of the barrier beach who aired their opinions at the public hearing held at the Brentwood campus of … Full Story