Lighthouse Officials Say Dune Project Delay Is Putting Iconic Landmark in Jeopardy

Oct. 3, 2014 CBS NEWS

FIRE ISLAND, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Fire Island lighthouse officials claim a delay in a dune replenishment project is putting the iconic landmark in jeopardy.

Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society is joining the fight to overturn a judge’s decision to halt the dune replenishment project because of an endangered bird species. The New York Audubon Society filed a lawsuit to protect the piping plover nesting grounds on Fire Island. The Audubon Society convinced a federal judge to stop a federal project repairing the dunes damaged by Superstorm Sandy for fear that it could harm the endangered species that nests in the island’s dunes.

Superstorm Sandy washed away the shore line’s protection and there is no time to wait, said Mark Nuccio, of the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society.

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