Community Clean-up Day a Huge Success

The Fire Island Community Spring Clean Up on Sunday, April 24, 2016, was a huge success. Lanny Vannoni, life-long OBP resident, contractor, and current OBP Fire Commissioner, came up with the brilliant idea for a volunteer project to remove debris from the Federal and Islip-owned land along the Burma Road between Kismet and Robbins Rest. The concept was quickly embraced by FINS leadership and many other Island organizations, agencies, contractors, and local residents.

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FIMI Project Certification Approved

On the FIMI project stakeholder conference call today, it was officially announced that the Army Corps has approved the Real Estate Certification for Contract 3A, completing 18 months of real estate work conducted by the County and NYSDEC.

Phase 3A (from Seaview to Fair Harbor) will place an estimated 1,400,000 cubic yards of sand as a dune and berm system along this stretch of beach. Bids to contract for the work will be submitted by May 2016, and contract will be awarded in June 2016.

Although the original plans called for the 3A project in get started in July, many concerns have been raised about implementing this major construction project at the height of the crowded summer season. These issues include interference with beach use by visitors, residents and their guests; concern over the health and safety issues raised by so much heavy equipment on our beaches, and the potential negative impact on the economy quality of life in the affected communities.

The FIMI project team ( USACE, NYSDEC, Suffolk County and FINS) has therefore made the decision to begin actual construction of the dune on or after September 19, 2016. The 3A project is expected to be completed by the end of March 2017.

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Emergency Repair Work Announced

Governor Cuomo's office has issued the press release below, officially announcing the joint plan formulated by FINS, USACE, Suffolk County, and NYS DEC to do emergency repair work at the site of the recent serious storm damage in the Robbins Rest area. Many thanks to all the Fire Islanders who raised the alarm about the serious threat to the Burma Road, and to all the agencies involved for their prompt action to implement emergency repair. Major re-nourishment of this stretch of beach will be accomplished during Contract 3A of the FIMI project (scheduled to begin in late spring/early summer).

A special note of gratitude to FINS Superintendent Chris Soller for the Park's immediate collaborative action with local emergency responders to mitigate the initial wash-over damage. And although not mentioned in the Governor's press release, Chris played the key leadership role in getting swift consensus for this joint temporary repair action from the multiple agencies and jurisdictions involved.

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February 2016 Storm Report

In the last three weeks, a series of winter storms caused the ocean to wash over into the bay on three different occasions. This resulted in repeated wash-overs during high tides and flooding of the Burma Road in and around a vulnerable area at Robbins Rest, including the road through Robbins Rest westward to Atlantique.

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FIMI Easement Q&A

Posted February 2, 2016
 

The FIA and Davis Park Association recently sat down with Gil Anderson, Commissioner, Suffolk County Department of Public Works (DPW), to answer 14 of the most common questions Fire Island ocean-front homeowners have about the easements needed to make way for the new dunes.

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