Fire Island Breach Stable 5 Years After Sandy, Study Says

Five years after Sandy breached Fire Island, the new channel between the Atlantic and Great South Bay is shifting, but stable and unlikely to increase bay-front storm flooding, a new study found.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) made the findings in what the federal agency billed as one of the most detailed scientific studies ever conducted of the early stages in the life of a barrier island breach.

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Fire Island Association Summer Meeting -- Rescheduled to Aug. 26 at 1:00pm in Ocean Beach

Join the FIA at the Community House in Ocean Beach on Saturday, August 26, at 1:00pm for a general update, words from FINS Superintendent, and a briefing on the shoreline management. Many Thanks to Fire Island Ferries for complimentary Water Taxi transportation to and from the meeting. Please contact your Property Owners Assn to make a reservation.

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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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