Home buyout offers for Fire Island dune project expected in 2 months

Dec. 4, 2014       by JOAN GRALLA / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Owners of 41 oceanfront Fire Island homes slated for demolition to clear the path for a federally funded dune project can expect buyout offers in about two months, a Suffolk County official said this week. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers devised the $207 million project, but the county must secure the required properties and 421 easements needed to build and maintain the barrier island's dunes.

The county has scheduled a public hearing on the project for Dec. 30. The 7 p.m. hearing will be held at Suffolk County Community College's Brentwood campus in the Van Nostrand Theatre.

After the hearing, the county, which repeatedly has warned it will condemn properties if necessary, has 90 days to issue a report authorizing its use of those powers.

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