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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 … 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. … 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 … 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 … 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, … 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 … 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 … 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 … Full Story