F ire Island Pines Property Owners Association
Photo by Larry Tallamy


The reconstruction of the Freight Dock will begin October 1st.  We are still working out with the contractor how freight will get into the community during the period of time that the freight dock will be out of use.  We have had a number of meetings, but there are still a lot of details to be resolved.  All contractors and residents are advised that any large freight that is needed in the months ahead should come into the community before the end of September.  After October 1st, there will be no means of using the forklift to get large items into the community; deliveries after that will be limited to hand carried items.  If there is a need for a large freight delivery after October 1st, the freight will have to come in from a neighboring community and permission will have to be obtained from Rob Maag, Supervisor of the Harbor Project for the Town of Brookhaven.  Maag will coordinate with FINS.  

I hope everyone has reviewed the new Fall ferry schedule.  Sayville Ferry has responded very fully to the concerns raised by residents at the Annual meeting last Fall.  We need to do our part by making use of this expanded ferry service, as it will affect the schedule for the Spring.  

The FIMI Beach project is drawing closer.  In order for sand placement to occur the Government must obtain easements for all land where sand is to be placed and all structures must be removed from this area.  Effectively, we are now starting the active phase for the construction of the dune.  The contract for removal of all structures in the area will go out for bid in early October with the work to begin in December.   We are working to time the debris removal for after the reconstruction of the freight dock.  The contract for sand placement and all construction work attendant with that will go out for bid in late Fall, with sand placement starting in late winter. This work will continue until the project is finished.  Special arrangements will be made next summer for more limited use of the beach.

The Fire Island Pines Fire District has advised that "The District/Department has never been responsible for clearing overgrowth or debris in the community.  Homeowners are responsible for their property and the Brookhaven Town right-of-way adjacent to their property."

The FI Ed RomainePPOA PAC will host a fundraiser lunch for Supervisor Ed Romaine at Sip n' Twirl on September 9th at 1 pm. Romaine is the Supervisor of the Town of Brookhaven, a good friend to the Pines and always available when we have a problem. Many will remember that he came over for the dedication of the harbor plaza for Alan Brockman.  FIPPOA has spent a lot of time cultivating closer relations with the Town Council and we gain significant benefits from that relationship, so I am hoping that we will have a good turn out on September 9th. The suggested contribution is $150; you can purchase tickets in advance.  

FIPPOA is in the midst of an appeal for its Tree Fund.  Approximately $10,000 has been spend this Spring on plantings on the harbor plaza and the contractor enclosures.  The fund is now depleted.  We have very specific i plans for the Fall including removal of the large grove of dead sassafras trees at Scaup Walk. These trees died following super storm Sandy.  FIPPOA is also moving ahead with plans to build a new fence around the Highway Department Yard at Beach Hill Walk and we will need to do plantings in this area.  Please donate to keep the Pines green.

Our summer is drawing to an end with a nice hint of the fall weather to come.  FIPAP will maintain its annual Labor Day tradition of a musical at Whyte Hall.  This year's show is Sondheim on Sondheim directed by longtime resident Glen Weilgus.  I was fortunate to be at Whyte Hall last Saturday and had an opportunity to listen to the rehearsal and I think we have a wonderful performance coming our way.

Happy Labor Day!

Jay Pagano

Celebrating their 7th year this season the Fire Island Pines Historical Preservation Society is an important piece in the preservation of our community. It is a legacy we now pass on to our growing younger generation of future renters and homeowners. There growing archive website called is our museum where anyone from all over the world can find out about this magical place we call home. They are now looking for community minded individuals who not only care about the future, but the past as well for board member and volunteer positions.  Please join them for the Boardwalk Talk event on September 9th. 
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Fire Island Pines Property Owners Association Officers & Directors

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

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