F ire Island Pines Property Owners Association

Swallowtail Butterfly Courtesy of Larry Talamy


I hope everyone was able to have a good Labor Day Weekend despite the wandering path of the storm!

On Fimi, the beach replenishment project, we have some movement.  The Pines is part of phase 3C which covers the communities east of Ocean Bay Park.  What happens in the other communities in this phase affects when we will get sand.  We are informed that all relocation agreements and the engineering for all houses, decks and pools in this phase are nearing completion.  The applications to the Town for building permits will go out shortly.  The court suit holding up the project in Ocean Bay Park has been resolved.  The owners of homes being demolished have 60 days to vacate and demolition will begin January 1st.   The resolution of this lawsuit is important to the Pines because it would have delayed the project getting to the Pines.  Similarly, there are problems in Davis Park with the relocations and demolitions there, but a resolution is expected.  The lawsuit in Cherry Grove regarding the easements will not create any delay.  We are still told that sand will reach the Pines in the fall of 2017.  However, I don't see how there can be any certainty here until the contract for the work in the phase is let.  The contract specifies how the construction is to proceed.

On the harbor reconstruction project, we had a large meeting of everyone involved on the last Friday of August.  The engineering design is pretty much complete and we will be moving to the RFP phase in the month of September.  There are still some issues with the final design of the freight dock, but we do not anticipate these issues will delay the project.  We anticipate now that the contract will be done in three phases, but the order has not yet been pinned down. Still unresolved is the issue of the temporary location of the ferry dock and freight dock.  

The 2016 Mobility Cart fundraising campaign has been very successful.  We have raised $4 6,250 to date. The new $21,000 mobility cart has been ordered and we expect delivery in December 2016.  The maintenance cost for all three vehicles is about $6,000 annually. The 2016 surplus funds will help support the cart service for the next few years.  Many thanks to all of our donors for your extraordinary generosity.   

I have received emails concerning Pinesfest raising the issues of the length of the event, the noise and blocking beach access at Sail Walk. The FIPPOA board will certainly discuss this at its next meeting. Because FIPPOA does not, at this time, have approval authority over permits issued by Brookhaven for beach events, I will also discuss the community's concerns with the relevant Brookhaven authorities.

I am concerned about the number of cigarette butts on the boardwalks.  This is very dangerous as it exposes the community to the threat of fire - if you see someone dropping a cigarette butt please ask them not to do it!

The FIPPOA Annual Meeting and Election will be held on September 17th.  All of the FIPPOA officers are up for re-election and running un-opposed and therefore did not circulate their biographies.  There are four candidates running to fill three director slots on the Board.  You can read the biographies of the four candidates as follows John Cassese, Gary Clinton, Garry Korr and Eric Sawyer.  

And last but certainly not least, on Saturday, September 10th there will be a luncheon for Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine and Brookhaven Town Councilman Neil Foley at Tad Paul's home, 610A Shore Walk, from 1:30 to 3:30. These two have supported the Pines in every way.  I urge you to  express your support for Ed and Neil. They have both been very attentive and helpful to the Pines and to the projects that are important to our community.


Jay Pagano


Maia Helles
Maia Helles Aaron died peacefully of natural causes on Sept. 4th with her son Robert Just at her side.  Maia was born in Geneva, Switzerland nearly 100 years ago, on November 27, 1916.  Maia grew up in Paris where she studied ballet and danced with the Ballet Russe in the 1930s touring the U.S.  In recent years Maia achieved international fame with her YouTube short "My Friend Maia", much of which was filmed at the Beachcomber house in Fire Island Pines where Maia summered for more than 50 years, a place she called "paradise."  In addition to Robert, Maia leaves behind devoted friends at all corners of planet Earth.  She will be sorely missed.  Any donations in her memory should be made to FIPPOA.

Upcoming 2016 Events
PAC Fundraiser For Ed Romaine & Neil Foley - September 10
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