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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Tim Bishop, Congressman Steve Israel, County Exec. Steve Bellone, Islip Supervisor Tom Croci, Suffolk Cty. Legislator Thomas F. Barraga, Superintendent Chris Soller

As residents and supporters of Fire Island, we are asking for your immediate support in rebuilding our dunes that were decimated by Hurricane Sandy. As you well know, the dune line protects both communities on the barrier island as well as life and property on Long Island's South Shore.

Fire Island's Atlantic beach dune system needs to be rebuilt as soon as possible. This is not simply about protecting communities on Fire Island, this is about defending the Shore Shore of Long Island for the future.

Signed,

Lauren Eckstein Forman

This petition closed over 2 years ago

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In Hurricane Sandy's aftermath, most of Fire Island's dunescape was flattened, leaving...

Want to do more? Learn how you can donate to help in the relief efforts at: www.causes.com/fireislandrelief.

In Hurricane Sandy's aftermath, most of Fire Island's dunescape was flattened, leaving Villages once shielded by imposing walls of sand and vegetation naked to the elements.

The dunes on Fire Island are to its residential dwellings what Fire Island is to the South Shore of Long Island —protection from the sea. Our dunes protect structures and lives on Fire Island from violent ocean swells; Fire Island protects homes, lives, and essential infrastructure on Long Island in essentially the same way. There is little doubt that without Fire Island, the densely populated South Shore of Long Island would have been devastated by Sandy.

In the wake of hurricane Sandy, we were promised assistance without "red-tape". Yet, when as simple and vital an activity to our survival as replenishing lost dune is broached, "red-tape" is unfortunately all we see. For example, to prepare for the November 7 nor'easter it was recommended that we "backscrape" our dune line: a slow and ineffective process of moving sand displaced by the hurricane in the residential district back onto the dune. The more conventional, and far more effective, method of scraping sand directly from the beach onto the dune was prohibited.

But, in today's reality both traditional beach scraping and backscraping are woefully inadequate, as we need much more sand than either method could possibly yield. There is more than enough sand to go around, but Fire Island cannot be forgotten!!

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