Fire Island National Seashore Officials Searching For How Best To Manage Breach

By National Parks Traveler Staff on September 16, 2015

A breach in Fire Island National Seashore's coastline is a reminder of Hurricane Sandy. While two other breaches caused by the potent storm were filled mechanically, this one that lies within the seashore's Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness Area remains, and seashore officials are debating how best to manage it going forward.

Barrier islands are creatures of the seas, cast about and pushed around by the waves and currents. Proof of that can be found at Fire Island National Seashore along the New York coast, where the barrier island it sets on was cut in two as well as shaved a little narrower in places by Hurricane Sandy back in November 2012.

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Comment Period for FINS General Management Plan Ends 9/17

The FINS Draft General Management Plan (GMP) has been released for public review and comment period.

The NPS Preferred Alternative as outlined in the GMP (Management Alternative #3) recognizes the important role that the communities play as advocates and stewards of Fire Island. There is also a clear commitment by FINS to find common ground on management policies where in the past there has been conflict and dissent.

It is important for all fire islanders to make their voices heard and support the new fins policy of collaborative partnership. Please submit comment in favor of preferred alternative #3. (See GMP summary, preferred alternative #3) The entire draft GMP may be found online at To offer comments on-line, click on the project name Fire Island General Management Plan.

Comments may also be mailed to: Fire Island National Seashore GMP, 15 State Street, Boston, MA 02109, Attention: Ellen Carlson

All substantive public comments received by September 17, 2015, will be reviewed and addressed. The final management plan is expected to be released in 2016.

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FIA Summer Meeting July 25, 2015


Summer Membership Meeting

Saturday, July 25th at 11:00am at the Community House in Ocean Beach

Important FINS General Management Plan Presentation at 2:15pm, after meeting

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Fire Island Residents to Lose Their Homes to Make Way for a Dune

Posted July 17, 2015, by Lisa W. Foderaro for the New York Times

OCEAN BAY PARK, N.Y. — Eddie Micallef, a film director, has spent every summer of his life coming to the four-bedroom oceanfront house his father, an architect, designed on Fire Island. As a child, he would spend the whole summer surfing and playing softball, and he later worked as a camp counselor here. As an adult, he catches the ferry from Bay Shore, on Long Island, on Fridays and enjoys cocktails with friends on his deck in the bayberry-scented breeze.

Three years ago, on the last ferry out before Hurricane Sandy hit, Mr. Micallef wondered whether he would ever again see the house, which was built in 1975. In the end, the storm — which destroyed dozens of houses across the 32-mile barrier island and flooded many of the 4,500 homes — largely left his home uninjured, though monstrous waves did wash away his outdoor shower and exterior stairs.

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Portuguese Man O War Found on FI Beach

Posted July 9, 2015

Portuguese Man O War has been observed on Fire Island beaches. FINS is currently working with the Town of Islip and Brookhaven to alert residents about the risks posed by the sting of the PMOW.

The Town of Islip has raised purple and red warning flags to inform residents of potentially dangerous marine life and hazardous swimming conditions at Town beaches. The beaches within the Town of Islip are not closed, but residents are urged to use caution during their visit. These flags have been raised in light of the recent Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish sightings that have occurred throughout New York and New Jersey.

The Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish is a colony of organisms with long tentacles that can deliver a very painful sting. Residents are urged to stay away from these and to report any sightings to the lifeguards. Residents who live on the water, and find these on their property are encouraged not to touch them. Use proper gloves or hand-wear and dispose of them by using a shovel to dump them in a trash bag. Ensure all tentacles are cleaned up.

For additional information on these sightings and proper disposal, please contact the Suffolk County Board of Health at 631-852-5760. Click Read Entire Article to view frequently asked questions.

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