F ire Island Pines Property Owners Association


The FIMI project is moving ahead.  The county is continuing to acquire necessary real estate interest on a voluntary basis.  Staff from Suffolk County and the New York State DEC were in the Pines last Friday to meet with ocean front homeowners.  The meetings went very well.  Both the County and the DEC staff indicated a willingness to work with ocean front homeowners to mitigate impact. We expect the County to begin the appraisal process for easements shortly.  The County has met with fair success in acquiring these easements in the communities to the west.  Eminent Domain proceedings have been instituted for properties in Kismet and Saltaire where the homeowners contested the easement or its value. 

The Army Corps of Engineers has advised that construction of the project will proceed under two separate contracts. Contract 3A will cover the communities from Seaview west.  Contract 3B will consist of the communities from Ocean Bay Park east including the Pines.  The ACE hopes to begin construction in the western communities by spring of 2016.  The Corps hopes to begin construction in the eastern communities in the fall of 2016, although this could slip because of the complex real estate issues that exist in the eastern communities. 

The new dune will be 15 feet high and 25 feet wide across its crest.  It will have a 9.5 foot high berm on the ocean side which will extend a further 90 feet toward the water.  All existing public walks will be reconstructed.  The borrowing area will be two miles off shore of the Pines.  Large pipes will bring the sand from the dredge to the beach.  The new dune will be fully planted with American beach grass and fenced. 

On August 6th, the Brookhaven Town Council approved funding for the two harbor projects (dolphin replacement and the ferry dock rebuild) and the trap bag project.  The Town Council was very complimentary of the work FIPPOA did to present these projects to the Town.  Special thanks to Mike Hartstein for his work on this project.

Our clambake was a great success attended by 500 plus people.  Certainly a highlight was a performance by France Joli singing from the dance floor.  Hats off to our Clam Bake committee for a job well done.  We are hoping for a repeat.  The Clam Bake was a wonderful addition to our season and nicely complements the Pines Party.

FIPAP will be presenting La Cage aux Folles for its Labor Day musical.  It promises to be a show stopper!

FIPPOA continues to focus resources on keeping the community clean and the board will discuss additional steps that can be taken at its next meeting.

The Fall Meeting and elections are on Saturday, September 26.  Continental breakfast at 10 am, meeting starts at 10:30 am.

This Saturday, September 5th, FIPPOA PAC will host Brookhaven Town Supervisor, Ed Romaine, for a luncheon at Sip 'n Twirl from noon to 2 PM.  I need your support for this fundraiser.

This has been a great summer!

Happy Labor Day.

Jay Pagano 
Ocean Awareness

A rip current, commonly referred to as a rip, or by the misnomer "rip tide", is one specific kind of water current that can be found near beaches. It is a strong, localized, and rather narrow current of water. Rips are strongest near the surface of the water and move directly away from the shore out to sea. Walls of water, in the form of waves, break across sand bars & arrive onto the shore. That mass of water must travel back out to sea. When there is a gap in a sand bar near the shore, it creates a narrow groove, through which the retreating mass of water is channeled with greater force. This is a Rip current and it can treat you like a hot tub jet treats a floating leaf, sending you a hundred or more yards out into the ocean. Rips can occur at any beach where there are breaking waves and sand bars. They can be very powerful and unpredictable: some reoccur always at the same place, others can ap  pear and disappear suddenly at various locations near the beach.  Click here for more information on how to identify and deal with riptides you can check with the National Weather Service.  You can also read an article about rip tides in the Pines on our website.

Upcoming Events
FIPAP Presents La Cage aux Folles - September 4 to 6
FIPPOA Annual Meeting - September 26
Fippoa New Logo Color

Fire Island Pines Property Owners Association Officers & Directors

Jay Pagano, President 
Ed Schulhafer, Vice President
Henry Robin, Treasurer

Allan Baum, John Cassese, Hal Hayes, Mike Hartstein,   Greg Henniger, Garry Korr,
Nicole LaFountaine, 
Chris Lovito,  Tad Paul, Russell Saray ,  Eric Sawyer,
Paul Teixeira, 
Bob Tortora,  Jim Vandernoth,  Randy Wilson