Great South Bay Lecture

Posted 4/1/15

Dr. Charles Flagg will speak on "The Great South Bay, the Breach, and Future Prospects" on Saturday, June 13 at 4p in Point O'Woods.

Dr. Flagg is a Research Professor at Stonybrook University who studies the effect of climate change on coastal systems. He is also the Director of The Great South Bay project ( ), which is funded by New York State to develop an ecosystem-based management approach to address the ecological problems besetting the Bay.

This lecture is open to all interested Fire Island residents and promises to be an interesting and informative presentation on the breach specifically, but also on the larger issue of the impact of sea level rise on the Great South Bay. As we search for strategies to mitigate the increased flooding on the Bay Side of the Island, we must understand not only the factors that are causing it, but also what we can expect in the future.

This lecture is a part of the Robert F. Sayre lecture series.

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Hurricane Sandy-funded Marina Construction Underway: Sailors Haven Marina Closed to Private Boaters Through July 20

Posted 4/22/15

Fire Island, New York –On March 23 Stout Construction Inc. was issued a Notice to Proceed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to begin work on a marina upgrade at Sailors Haven. The $1,087,000 project is funded and managed by the FHWA through their Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Lands and is slated for completion by July 20. The project will upgrade marina materials, making the structure more resilient to future storms, and will replace utilities impacted in 2012 by Hurricane Sandy.

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Posted 4/1/15

The Fire Island Ferries reports that the MTA will suspend service to Bay Shore and beyond for five weekends, starting March 28 and ending May 2-3. The April 4-5 weekend, which includes Easter and Passover, will not be affected. Buses will replace trains at Babylon and continue to Speonk as the LIRR installs new concrete railroad ties and resurfaces switches in the area. It recommends that people allow for extra travel time, and check departure and arrival times.

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FI Ferry Hike Proposed

By Timothy Bolger, Fire Island News, March 12, 2015

Ferry riders may soon pay a dollar more for each trip across the Great South Bay, if Suffolk County lawmakers grant a request by Fire Island’s largest ferry and lone water-taxi company.

Fire Island Ferries, the Bay Shore-based company serving the eight westernmost communities, requested an 11-percent fare hike, which would bring the current $17 round-trip fare to $19 and the current one-way fare from $9 to $10. The company’s water taxi arm requested an estimated 18-percent increase, with hikes varying with distance. The company petitioned the county for the fare hike in January with the goal of getting approval in time for Memorial Day.Three years after superstorm Sandy, Fire Island continues to rebuild. Prices remain flat—good news for anyone looking for a summer getaway.

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Fire Island’s Sandy Comeback

By JOSH BARBANEL March 4, 2015 for the Wall Street Journal

Three years after superstorm Sandy, Fire Island continues to rebuild. Prices remain flat—good news for anyone looking for a summer getaway.

Fashion designer Sully Bonnelly owns a modernist beach house on Fire Island with a double-height, glass-walled living room and space for sculptures collected from his travels around the world. He also knows it comes with a risk.

When superstorm Sandy struck the 32-mile-long barrier island on the south shore of Long Island in October 2012, his house on high ground was spared. But hundreds of others were flooded and some of the nearby dunes and beach washed away.

Even now, three years later, the real-estate market in Fire Island rests on a fulcrum of risk and reward. “It is not for the fainthearted,” said Suzy Goldhirsch, president of the Fire Island Association, a community organization. “But there is a stunning quality of beauty.…There will always be people who want to live there.”

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