NYS Signs FIMI Project Participation Agreement (PPA)

August 8, 2014 - Albany, New York

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES THAT MAJOR SUFFOLK COUNTY COASTAL STORM RESILIENCY PROJECT IS SET TO PROCEED

Agreements and State Financing Clears Way for Fire Island Protective Dune Restoration Project to Begin in September

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has signed legal agreements with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Suffolk County, and authorized $68 million in State financing, as part of a three-phase $207 million coastal storm risk reduction project along Suffolk County’s Atlantic Ocean Coast. The project, commonly known as Fire Island Inlet to Moriches Inlet (FIMI), will be undertaken in conjunction with the Army Corps and Suffolk County and is set to start in September.

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Tourism to Fire Island National Seashore Creates $12 million in Economic Benefit

August 4, 2014

Patchogue, New York - A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 294,219 visitors to Fire Island National Seashore in 2013 spent almost $12 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 127 jobs in the area.

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NY's Hamptons Remain Unguarded Two Seasons After Sandy

Bloomberg.com   July 6, 2014 By Freeman Klopott

New York’s Hamptons and a swath of Long Island’s South Shore are facing the second hurricane season since Sandy ripped apart the coast. Twenty months after the storm, much of the shoreline isn’t any better protected than it was 50 years ago.

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Fire Islanders Facing Buyout Lament Loss of Homes

Newsday June 24, 2014 By JOAN GRALLA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Anthony Lorenzo feels the pressure of an emotional loss that keeps creeping closer to reality. His family's prized oceanfront home on Fire Island is targeted for a federal buyout -- and demolition. The striking A-frame house in Ocean Bay Park, built in 1975, has been in the family for more than two decades.

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When the Landline Is a Lifeline

By JON BRODKIN The Net York Times JUNE 4, 2014

AT&T and Verizon are pushing hard to shift traditional landline service, which has mostly operated over copper lines, to a system of Internet-based phones by around 2020. If the Federal Communications Commission approves the switch as is, it could come as a shock to the 96 million Americans who still rely on landlines.

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