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