F ire Island Pines Property Owners Association

Good News!  Our ferry dock and the adjoining central plaza have been completed enough for Sayville Ferry to begin using the dock on Saturday morning, April 29th.  Every effort is being made to get it operational on Friday, but the absence of electricity to the dock poses a problem for the late-night boat on Friday.   We have had terrific cooperation from the contractor and the Town to meet this goal.  This included the contractor having a crew working last weekend and on all the rainy days this week and last.  The remainder of the work on the south side of the harbor and harbor plaza will occur over the next few weeks.  Until this work is complete homeowners will need to continue to use the southern entrances to the wagon rack.

The trap bag replacement/repair project will complete by Friday April 28th.  We have not been able to do as extensive a project as we would have liked.  A variety of problems came into play including budgetary, availability of material and the piping plover restrictions.  We were able to, at the last minute, buy additional bags from Davis Park.  In addition, the piping plover nesting season was delayed one month.  We monitor the beach constantly and will consider further repairs once the piping plover nesting season concludes.  The Seashore Defense Fund is working on a project to install additional sand fence at the conclusion of the piping plover nesting season.  The difficulty in making these repairs underscores the absolute need for the FIMI project.  Thanks to Russell Saray and the Seashore Defense Fund for all the work on the trap bags.

Phase II of the Boulevard contractor enclosures is complete.  The landscaping will go in during the next two weeks.  These enclosures address a long-term problem in the Pines of the appearance of the Boulevard.  FIPPOA is committed 100% to cleaning up the Boulevard and restoring the greenway.  The last of the vans/trucks that had sat in the greenway for many years was removed last week.  Thanks to Directors Tad Paul and Chris Lovito for spearheading this project.

As always, the Pines Post Office officially opens on the first regularly scheduled Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday on, or after, May 1st.  So, Tuesday, May 2nd is the first day of operations this year.  Click on the Pines Post Office logo or go to for more information from Postmaster Douglas Wolff and Assistant Postmaster Kent Dillon.

Wagon stickers and membership forms will be available at the Pines Post Office beginning on Tuesday May 2nd  whenever the Post Office count er is open.  As usual, wagon stickers will also be distributed at the May 20th Membership Meeting and in the harbor from 11am to 1pm on May 27, 28; June 3, 4, 10 and 11. Wagons without stickers will be tagged with a reminder the week of June 12.  Wagons without stickers will be removed starting on June 19 and the rack will be monitored all summer.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in the Pines!
Jay Pagano

The Pines has a great history of being a very "giving" community.  It's been the incubator or birthplace for many now legendary and cherished non-profits like GMHC, LAMBDA Legal and the Pines Party.  Other off-island charities like Broadway Bares, DRA, HMI, the LGBTQ Focus Group and SAGE raise critically needed funds from our community.  On-island non-profits like The Pines Foundation, PCS, PCC, FIPAP, FIPHPS and the FIPFD raise funds vital to the quality of life in the Pines. There are private events benefiting LGBT friendly non-profits and events raising charitable funds at Whyte Hall, on the beach and in the Commercial District.

FIPPOA is launching a digital Community Bulletin Board, a bi-monthly email, listing the season's upcoming fund raising events. It will help you plan your calendar and include links for ordering tickets.  It will make giving easier.  Please contact FIPPOA using asap for directions on how to have your fund raising event featured on its new digital Community Bulletin Board. 

Alan Silverman

Alan Silverman passed away on April 15th.  Alan was a long time Pines resident of 587 Sun Walk.  Before retiring from The United Nations, Alan was one of the founders of UNCARES, a program to educate UN staff how to treat people living with HIV with dignity and respect.  The UN Secretary General made this training a mandatory employment requirement for employment at the UN worldwide.  Alan worked tirelessly to make the world a better place and will be missed.


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, Gary Clinton, Hal Hayes, Mike Hartstein,  
Greg Henniger, Garry Korr,  Chris Lovito, Russell Saray, 
Eric Sawyer, Bob Tortora, Jim Vandernoth