Wind Power Comes to Long Island

Only a few years ago, the long-held dream of harnessing the strong, steady gusts off the Atlantic coast to make electricity seemed destined to remain just that. Proposals for offshore wind farms foundered on the shoals of high costs, regulatory hurdles and the fierce opposition of those who didn’t want giant industrial machinery puncturing the pristine ocean views.

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Inside a Fire Island School

The Woodhull School, located in Ocean Beach, is one of the best schools in the country. With fewer than 25 students in grades Pre-K through Sixth, students learn with a high student-to-teacher ratio and a concentration on the ocean environment. Plus, kids get to ride to school in a really cool bus along the beach. Check out the video.

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On Fire Island, a Scar From Hurricane Sandy Is Seen as a Good Thing

By LISA W. FODERARO OCT. 3, 2016 The New York Times

BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. — For all the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy on the New York region four years ago, there were a few places that stood out, becoming symbols of the storm.

There was the image of a roller coaster resting in the ocean off Seaside Heights, N.J. There were miles of boardwalk ripped from pilings in the Rockaways, as well as the blackened remains of 126 houses that burned to the ground there. And on Fire Island, there was a breach carved by the storm surge, which opened a passage between the ocean and the bay.

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FIMP (Fire Island to Montauk Point) General Re-Evaluation Report

The long-awaited FIMP General Re-evaluation Report (GRR) and EIS was FINALLY released today by USACE for a 60-day public review and comment period. Attached you will find: (1) the text of the USACE press release (2) the link to the GRR/EIS report, and (3) information on how to submit comments to the Corps (The deadline for comments is September 30, 2016)

This is a general press release geared to a very wide public audience about a very complicated document. To help Fire Island residents navigate the document and understand the various critical issues in the GRR affecting our communities, we are working on a supplementary FAQ memo about the key components of the plan that will affect Fire Island.

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Proposed Suffolk County Hotel/Motel Tax Update

There is a Suffolk County law stating that a tax must be collected from all persons occupying hotel or motel rooms in the County. Specifically, the law requires every facility providing overnight lodging to charge their guests at the rate of 3% of the per-diem rental rate for each room, and then remit this tax revenue to the County. [The definition of a hotel or motel in the code is any facility providing lodging on an overnight basis including those commonly known as bed-and-breakfasts, inns, cabins, cottages, campgrounds, tourist homes, guest homes and convention centers; Suffolk County Code, Chapter 523-9]. The SC Comptroller has determined that there is substantial non-compliance with this law, and has started an initiative to vigorously pursue those who are not collecting the tax and sending it to the County.

FIA will continue to monitor the impact of this tax on the Fire Island rental market and urges everyone to read more about it.

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