Fire Island Pines Property Owners Association
Volume 7 Number 1 
January 2013 
A Message from the President
Jay Pagano  

Hurricane recovery continues full time and the Association is very involved.   The four big topics are beach replenishment, debris removal, residential repair and boardwalk reconstruction.

Beach Replenishment 
This is a constantly changing picture as things develop.  We are working extensively with the other Fire Island Communities, the Fire Island Association and the Brookhaven and County Government.  Senators Schumer and Gillabrand and Congressman Bishop are actively involved.  On Monday the Senate passed the Hurricane Sandy relief bill and this contains funding for beach replenishment. As I mentioned in my December letter we have been pursuing several projects as we were not sure which would be a go.  It appears at this time that the picture is clarifying.

Army Corps Project 
The Senate bill included financing for a long delayed Fire Island to Montauk Point Project (FIMP).  This project is very complex and only a small part of it would be beach replenishment.  It is not likely to result in an immediate beach replenishment project because there is still much work to be done on the overall project.  We have met yesterday with the Army Corps of Engineers to explain that we cannot wait several years. The Corps indicated that it will take over from FEMA responsibility in this area and they will do an "emergency stabilization" along Fire Island.  This project will be along the lines of the 2009 renourishment project.   It our understanding, that the Corps would fund 100% of the project.  Our Senators and Congressman have been very involved in directing the Corps in this area.  The FIMP project will then be imposed over the emergency stabilization.  We have pressed the need for this project to go in before next winter and we will be pushing for that through our senators and congressman.  This project would be very desirable for Fire Island.  I would like to caution everyone that all of this has changed before and while I anticipate the project will happen, there is no guarantee at this point.

Five Year Project 
Planning for this project has continued as we only learned of the Corps project in the last few days.  The Corps project will replace this project.  Further discussion of this project appears to be unnecessary at this time.

Trap Bag Project 
The trap bag project is designed to run a length of trap bags along the whole oceanfront of the Pines.  These are 3'x 3' x 3' bags that are open at the top.  We have an application pending with the DEC to do a limited scraping of the beach to fill the bags.  Approval is expected within the next week.  In a similar project in Saltaire the DEC conditioned the permit on covering the trap bags with sand from off island and removing the trap bags when a renourishment project goes in.  The requirement of the sand covering is an onerous requirement as it would add $500,000 to the cost of the project to the Pines.   Our application requests that the permit be conditioned on covering with a sand colored mesh netting which is of minimal cost.  The reason for the requirement of the sand covering is to create a more natural environment for piping plover nesting which begins in April.  Our thinking was that the mesh coupled with grass planting would create the desired natural environment.  This project will include snow fencing in front of the trap bags and grass planting on the top.

At the same time that we are pursuing the DEC permit for this project, we are also pursuing the necessary funding. We have asked the Town to front the cost.  The Town finance commissioner has been favorable.  A request will be on the Town Council agenda for next Tuesday night.  I will be attending to plead our case.   The goal is to have the trap bag project go in for March after the ocean front debris has been removed and before the piping plover season commences.  We will also be seeking Town financing for the five year project in the event the Army Corps project doesn't happen.  I anticipate that the Army Corps project will be finalized before the Town actually bonds for the five year project.

We are pursuing all three projects and remaining as flexible as possible as we navigate a constantly changing picture.  It is important that we keep our options open.  The goal is to get a renourishment project in before next winter.  In the event that the trap bag project cannot go in during March we will proceed to do an immediate sand fencing project.  Beach renourishment is a complex picture and we need to be patient as we navigate through it.  I am confident that one of the long term projects will go in and we will do the short term project to get us to the long term project.

Debris Removal 
The contractor for debris removal was announced today.  The project will be done by DS3 Enterprises of Central Islip for $8,837,388.  An unresolved and important issue to the Pines is where the ocean front debris is to be moved to.  The Town has identified a location just east of the Pines.  FINS has not agreed.  We have asked the Army Corps and Suffolk County to press FINS.  I am hoping now that the contractor has been selected, the contractor can make this happen.  Other homeowners with hurricane debris should put it out where they regularly put their trash.

Residential Repair 
The Brookhaven Town Board passed a resolution which, effective immediately, revised the zoning code to permit Fire Island owners of legal, non-conforming houses (whether on conforming or non-conforming lots) to rebuild their houses and accessory structures after fire, flood, or other natural disaster without having to return to the Board of Zoning Appeals to re-obtain their previously issued variances. This change aligns the language in the Brookhaven code with that of the National Seashore code, and should make rebuilding much easier for Fire Island residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The new provisions do not override or eliminate existing NY State Coastal Erosion Hazard Area (CEHA) regulations which are also administered by Brookhaven.

Boardwalk Reconstruction 
We have good news, the Highway Department began repairs today at the east end of the Pines.  They will divide their time this week between the Pines and Davis Park.  They will return full time to the Pines next week.  At this time the repairs will be to the walks inside the community and not the walk and stairs going to the beach.

Breach at Old Inlet 
FIPPOA has sent a letter to FINS asking them to implement its promise to close the breach after sixty days.  This letter was also signed by the presidents of Davis Park, Cherry Grove and Water Island homeowners association.  In addition the FIA Board has sent a similar letter.  WE have also reached out to Senator Gillibrand.  This matter has become complicated because of the number of government agencies involved and by opposition by environmental groups.  

On other matters, the Pavilion is continuing with its rebuilding project.  The goal is to have the new building online by mid-May.  Framing is underway at this time and has reached the second floor.  We are continuing to pursue AT&T to put a cell phone tower on Whyte Hall.  We have also been contacted by Verizon Wireless which wants to place a very large tower/pole on Whyte Hall to serve all of Fire Island.  We will keep you posted on these developments.




 President Jay Pagano




2013 Membership Drive Is Underway!



I N   M E M O R I A M


Dennis Serrianne 


Dennis Serrianne, a long time Fire Island resident of Cherry Grove and the Pines, passed away on October 23, 2012. Dennis first settled in the Grove in the mid 1970-ties and later moved to the Pines, first as a renter, later as a home owner and for past couple of years he was full time resident of the Pines, retiring from his position with the New York City Department of Finance.  He supported the Pines in many ways volunteering for many charitable events. He wrote a social column for the Fire Island News. Dennis was a founding member, chairman and vice chairman of Fire Island Pines Fire Corps. He was often seen playing his Clava sticks or flagging at the Sip n' Twirl and the Pavilion. Dennis was also an avid gardener and chef. He is survived by his partner of 22 years, 1st Assistant Fire Chief, Bo Fridsberg. A celebration of Dennis' life will be held in the spring in the Pines.  



Paul Jerome Perlman


Paul Jerome Perlman, affectionately known as Jerry to all his friends in the Pines, has lived in the home that he purchased in 1955 on Fire Island Blvd.  He was a Pines Homeowner for fifty years and our longest living FIPPOA member.   Jerry never missed a Spring or Fall membership meeting and always had something to offer.  His Memorial Day cocktails parties were a tradition.  At 95 years of age, Jerry passed away in December from complications from a very brief touch of Pneumonia.  He worked at the New York State Council for Aging five days a week up until a week and a half before he passed.  Jerry remained vibrant and youthful and was a regular every Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon in the Pines from April to October.  He loved his home, and particularly loved spending time in his garden planting the most colorful of plants and flowers.  In fact at age 95, it was just two months ago that Jerry began to think about putting in a ramp on his walkway in case he needed a wheelchair permanently.   He was also a devoted and generous member of Congregation B'Nai Olam in the Pines. His love for the Pines was a lifetime blessing.  As Jerry got older, his friends got younger, and he always had guests and friends with him each weekend to visit him at his home.  Jerry was one of those very very special and unique characters who make up the amazing landscape of our community.  He fought in World War 2 and was a native New Yorker.  He also traveled extensively throughout the world when the Pines was not in season, and spent his 90th Birthday with friends who took him to Paris as a Birthday gift.  He also saw every original Broadway production of every revival that had been produced on Broadway over the past twenty years "I saw the original cast in 1927" he said to Jon Wilner, when he was asked if he wanted to see SHOW BOAT a few years ago.  We will miss him.


Kevin Hall

Kevin hall was a long time renter and home owner in the Pines. He died in September in Los Angeles. Kevin dearly loved the Pines and spent every summer in the Pines beginning in 1977.   He loved to walk his dogs on the beach after the season. We will miss him.



Quick Links
Fire Island Pines Property Owners Association Officers
& Directors

Jay Pagano, President
Ed Schulhafer, Vice President
Alan Brodherson, Secretary
Mike Hartstein, Treasurer
Alan Brockman
John Cassese
Jane Groveman
Greg Henniger
Roger Kluge
Garry Korr
Chris Lovito
Tad Paul
Anthony Pietrangolare
Henry Robin
Eric Sawyer
Paul Teixeira
Jim Vandernoth
Jon Wilner
Randy Wilson
Lori Zeller
In Memoriam 
Dennis Serrianne

Paul Jerome Perlman

Kevin Hall
 In Memorium



2013 Calendar

Save The Dates


Pines Conservation Society &
Pines Chamber of Commerce
Kentucky Derby Party
May 4  

Membership Meeting
May 11

Pines Care Center
Opening Party
May 26

Broadway Bares
June 1

Women's Pride
 in the Pines
June 8

June 15

Dancers Responding to AIDS
July 19 thru 21


Pines Party
 July 26 thru 28

FIPAP Art Show
August 3

August 16 thru 18

Annual Play
August 30 to September 1 


 Annual Meeting & Election
 September 21


B'Nai Olam

Erev Rosh Hashanah
September 4

Rosh Hashanah
September 5


Kol Nidre
 September 13

Yom Kippur
September 14