Brad Finkelstein
Brad Finkelstein

Not just Fire Island, but all the south shore barrier beaches, including Rockaway.

Josh Bloom
Josh Bloom

The following facts are true to the best of my knowledge. They have come from a number of people that are involved in the fight to save Fire Island. This will surprise and anger many of you. FINS and the NYDEC have not only failed to help us, but they are actively preventing us from helping ourselves. For example:
1. We are expressly forbidden from rebuilding our dunes by beach scraping. Communities have been threatened with substantial fines if they do this. In contrast, bulldozers were...

The following facts are true to the best of my knowledge. They have come from a number of people that are involved in the fight to save Fire Island. This will surprise and anger many of you. FINS and the NYDEC have not only failed to help us, but they are actively preventing us from helping ourselves. For example:
1. We are expressly forbidden from rebuilding our dunes by beach scraping. Communities have been threatened with substantial fines if they do this. In contrast, bulldozers were already rebuilding New Jersey beaches immediately after the storm.
2. We are only permitted to backscrape—pushing back the sand that washed over the dunes—a process that is barely useful.
3. The sand lost from Fire Island during the storm was washed into FI Inlet. It will be dredged—BUT TO GILGO BEACH. Not one grain of this sand came from them. It was carried from east to west—just like any other Nor’easter. Why is Gilgo Beach getting our sand?
4. Instead, there is talk about using offshore dredging to rebuild our beach—PROBABLY IN THE WINTER OF 2013! What will be left of us by then?
5. And it’s not like there is no dredging going on already. One of the east inlets is being filled (see Youtube video). This will be done shortly. WHY MUST WE WAIT A YEAR?
These decisions have arisen from policies made by DEC and FINS bureaucracies. It is difficult to imagine how these policies reflect anything but a long-standing anti-Fire Island agenda—one that has hampered us in the past.

I have found phone and FAX numbers for certain officials in the DEC and FINS and have listed them below. I suspect they will not enjoy getting a thousand calls and faxes, but perhaps they will listen.

It is bad enough that we had to go through this storm. But to have our own government working against us in this time of need is a disgrace. It’s time to pick up the damn phone.

Regional Permit Administrator for Suffolk County.
Roger Evans.
631-444-0365
631-444-0355 (Duty Analyst-M, W&F only).
FAX 631-444-0360

Other DEC Contacts:
To report an environmental problem there is an anonymous tip line:
1-800-847-7332

The Bureau of Public Outreach (518-402-8044).
Inspector General Hotline 1-800-367-4448.

Access to DEC-Managed Tidal Wetlands- Division of Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources, (631) 444-0273.
Marine Permits and Licenses- Division of Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources, (631) 444-0470.

From the DEC Central Office Program Directory (all 518 area codes):
Commissioner
Joe Martens 402-8545 FAX 402-8541.
Administration

Anne Reynolds 402-9401 FAX 402-9016.
Deputy Commissioner
Public Affairs

Michael Bopp 402-8000 FAX 402-9016.
Legislative Affairs

Julie Tighe
Director 402-2797 FAX 402-9016.
Natural Resources

Kathy Moser
Assistant Commissioner 402-2797 FAX 402-9016.
Public Protection & Regional Affairs.

Chris Walsh
Assistant Commissioner 402-8549 FAX 402-9016.

For FINS:
Park Headquarters — 631-289-4898 FAX.

Superintendent's Office - 631-687-4751Superintendent: K. Christopher Soller

Administration - 631-687-4754Chief of Administration: Roger Huguenin.

Park Planner: Diane Abell - 631-687-4770.

Chief Ranger's Office - 631-687-4757Chief of Visitor and Resource Protection: Lena Koschmann.

Facilities Management - 631-687-4756Facility Manager: Jim Dunphy.

Natural Resources Management - 631-687-4760Chief of Natural Resources Management: Michael Bilecki.

Kathy Schilling
Kathy Schilling

I am from new jersey toms river, seaside area how are they helping there?

Meghan Follansbee
Meghan Follansbee

I hope the Government is stepping to help and give resources to all communities.

Eileen McGovern
Eileen McGovern

God be with you all!

Shaban Sh
Shaban Sh

I agree, with you,,,,,,,,,,,

Joseph Scalise
Joseph Scalise

Tim bishop and Steve bellone are self-serving corrupt examples of why we need change!!!!!

Joseph Scalise
Joseph Scalise

Career politicians suck!!!!!

Angelina Roxana Sandoval Escogido

I AGREE THAT YOU SHOULD REBUILD YOUR COUNTRY. YOU ALWAYS HELP, NOW IT'S YOUR TURN TO REBUILD YOURS.

Ralph Giannola
Ralph Giannola

Its time to stop giving aid to countries that want us erased from the face of the earth, and start taking care of our own tax paying citizens. We are all watching to see how the next 4 years go, and if things don't change for the better many politicians will also go. STOP ALL THE PORK BELLY SPENDING ALSO.

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