F ire Island Pines Property Owners Association



On July 23rd under a moonlit sky our annual Pines Party/Xanadu came to our beach.  By all accounts and measures the party was an outstanding success.  Many called it the best party ever and some of the attendees commenting have been to a lot of parties!  The party was the most successful in terms of the number of people attending and financial return to the community of all 18 Pines Parties.  The Party has no peer.  Nowhere in the world does a community undertake an all-night party on the beach of this scale and complexity.  I want to personally thank the co-chairs Ed Schulhafer and Allan Baum and each and every committee member.   Their tireless work all year makes possible this memorable night and the generous return to the community and LGBTQ charities benefiting. The party attracts many first timers to the Pines who may become the homeowners of tomorrow.  And what an introduction! 

Harlan Bratcher, a long time Pines resident with his husband Toby Usnik, won the Mini Cooper that was jointly raffled by the Pines Party and the LGBTQ Focus Foundation.

Most of the owners of impacted houses by FIMI have met with Suffolk County and/or the County's engineering firm, DeBruin.  Gil Anderson, the Suffolk County Public Works Commissioner, is hoping to file the drawing packages for the impacted houses with the Brookhaven Building Department next week, which is the first step to getting that group of applications to the Board of Zoning Appeals ("BZA") for review. When the date for a hearing is set, we will certainly let the owners know. The Army Corps has awarded the contract for phase 3A to the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co.  Work will start in September.  The Pines is in phase 3B, so we are next.  As we said in the last newsletter, we are now looking at sand on the beach sometime in the Fall of 2017.

This summer FIPPOA is encountering a problem of the sand fence along the ocean being cut to allow walking over the dunes. This is most unfortunate as it undermines our efforts to protect the community from winter storms. I will be raising this matter to the Board at its Saturday meeting to decide the additional steps we want to take to protect the dunes.

We have received many complaints from residents regarding the difficulties posed by the large number of Peapods carried on certain passenger ferries.  We have communicated the concerns to Sayville Ferry.  As a result of the conversation and to assure passenger safety, the Sayville passenger ferries will not carry Peapods all day Friday and Saturday morning.  On these days Peapods will be delivered to the freight dock.  We have been advised that the first freight boat will go at an earlier time on both Friday and Saturday.  Passengers traveling on the 9:30 am ferry will be able to pick up their deliveries at 10 am at the freight dock. 
We have encountered a delay in our harbor rebuilding project.  The delay is both at the Town in processing paperwork and at the DEC in issuing the necessary permits.  We are working to unclog them both.  The project will not begin until November.  I have been assured by the engineers that as long as the project begins in November it can be completed by next spring.

The   Board has approved the replacement of the 17    year    old "Rab ig" cart.  The dedicated staff also did the fundraising  for a  new cart.  Our Mobi lity Access Carts serve many different people with various  needs without it many older and impaired residents could not come to the Pines.  I very much appreciate the generous support that users of the cart provide.

Last Sunday I was invited to attend Catholic Mass at our Community Center.  A new crucifix was being dedicated to the memory of Joyce Reich and Angelo Bosica. Both were very long time residents and active members of the community. It was a pleasure to participate in a very vibrant and well attended religious service. One of the pleasures of my job is to connect with all of the different parts of the Pines. We are a community of communities. Kudos to the indefatigable Randy  Wilson for organizing the service.

FIPPOA is continuing its very focused effort to ensure a clean Pines this summer.  Recently we were able to add into our multi-pronged effort two teenage boys from Brookhaven who are earning their school community credit by helping to clean up the Pines.  Again I urge everyone to pick up litter.  Only WE can keep the Pines clean.

Sen ator Kirsten Gillibrand will be in the Pines on Saturday, August 6 for a luncheon at the home of Robbie Regina and Gene Kagan at 244 Bay Walk from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.  By my count, this is Senator Gillibrand's ninth visit to the Pines.  It should be an interesting lunch and a chance to hear the Senator's insight into thi s year's presidential election.


Jay Pagano


Cindy Crawford, Wite-Out, TWISTER and The Pines Conservation Society (PCS) all are all turning 50!  The BIG 5-0.  You don't use Wite-Out any more, who can remember when they played a game of TWISTER and  face it, you're just not on Cindy's Crawford's list! But, you are on our guest list with a special invitation.

You know all the great work we have done over the years: planting new pine trees, mitigating the Southern Pine Beetle infestation and beautifying the Pines!   Join us to celebrate PCS's 50th Birthday.

Sunday, September 11, 2016
12:00pm until 2:00pm
The Pines Club
236 Beach Hill Walk (at Bay Walk)

We are asking for a tax-deductible donation of $50, that's $1 for every year of PCS service to The Pines. Mark your calendar to join us as we celebrate our 50th year and look forward to 50 more years of helping to make The Pines, The Pines.

Billy Carroll's is catering!  Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted at the door.


Scott Ahlborn,
PCS President

On Labor Day weekend the Pines community will come together for the first ever Pinesfest at the beach.  This music, art and sporting festival will include DJs, live bands, fitness classes, beach games (volleyball, dodgeball), a cool joust arena and dancing - in one place over three days.  The VIP beach club has lounge chairs, towels and umbrellas (yours to keep) plus food and beverage.  The Seashore Defense Fund and the Hetrick-Martin Institute are our beneficiaries.  Tickets and information available at  We'll also be in the harbor every weekend to share more about how you can make the most of Pinesfest.  There will be something for everyone! 

FIPPOA Minutes: June 4, 2016
The Pines Foundation Did Not Meet On June 4, 2016


Frank Resillez-Urioste

Frank Resillez-Urioste, DMD passed away suddenly and unexpectedly last month. He is survived by Bob Michel , his partner of forty years , his daughter Monica , who previously served on the FIP fire department, his son Frank Jr., his daughter in-law Susan and his grandson Phillip.

Frank retired from his  dental practice 12 years ago , but continued on as associate professor  and module director at NYU school of dentistry until 2012. At NYU he established a mini-residency program for senior students . He also authored and published on a  number of subjects related to dentistry including "Hollywood Smile". Frank loved teaching and was devoted to his students.

Upcoming 2016 Events
Senator Gillibrand in the Pines - August 6
 Bruce Vilanch and The Skivvies - August 13
Spray Party - August 14
Ann Hampton Callaway & Liz Callaway - August 20
FIPAP Presents: Once On This Island - September 2 thru 4
Pines Conservation Society 50th Birthday - September 11 
Fall Meeting - September 17   

Fire Island Pines Property Owners Association Officers & Directors

Jay Pagano, President 
Ed Schulhafer, Vice President
Rodman (Tad) Paul, Secretary
Henry Robin, Treasurer

Allan Baum, Alan Brodherson, Hal Hayes, Mike Hartstein,   Greg Henniger, Garry Korr,
Nicole LaFountaine, 
Chris Lovito,  Russell Saray ,  Eric Sawyer,
Bob Tortora,  Jim Vandernoth,  Randy Wilson