The Fire Island Land Trust actively seeks out projects that enhance our priorities throughout Fire Island.  We encourage interested landowners to contact us to propose a project including:

 


Where is this project?

  • Ocean Bay Park with frontage on the Atlantic Ocean.  Area was originally developed but now has a healthy dune that has formed in its wake.

Why this project?

  • Detracts from open space and aesthetic appreciation of the beach area
  • The destruction of the dune area will cause the elimination of the buffer zone that allows communities to be resilient to coastal hazards including storms and sea level rise
  • Protection of natural habitat for wildlife, including endangered species

Tell me more!

The area was developed at one time and encompasses adjacent parcels that are currently held by Suffolk County as a result of tax defaults.  The area is vulnerable to development as neighboring property owners could seek to acquire this lot and expand the footprint of their houses. 

 

 


Where is this project?

  • Ocean Ridge / Davis Park, roughly 1/4 acre seaward of all houses in the area and within both the Coastal Erosion Hazard Area and the National Seashore Dune District. 

Why this project?

  • Development may be imminent of nothing is done now.  The owner of this lot already has all of the environmental permits that he needs to begin construction 
  • Destruction of the dune area will cause the elimination of the buffer zone
  • Likely destruction of the house and the septic system will be a health hazard
  • Potential for a negative precedent across Fire Island as it may trigger more development

Tell me more! 

An appraisal was completed in April 2008 by the Fire Island Land Trust and the landowner is a willing seller.  The landowner must build within one year in order to secure his permits. 

The Fire Island Land Trust needs your help to build a coalition of support for the acquisition and protection of this parcel!

 


Where is this project?

  • Fire Island Pines / Cherry Grove on a roughly 37 acre tract owned by the National Park Service

Why this project?

  • The Carrington Estate is deteriorating at a rapid rate and is suffering from neglect as the Park Service cannot afford to restore it or perform basic maintenance
  • The property is historic with original construction dating back to 1880 and many famous people being associated with it from Truman Capote and Bill Blass to Katherine Hepburn and Henry Fonda 
  • Currently an attractive nuisance to the community and an eyesore for the Park Service, the potential for using these structures to benefit the community are endless

Tell me more! 

The Fire Island Land Trust, together with support from its partners such as the Pines Conservation Society, intends to arrange for collaborative management of these structures with the National Park Service.

  Where is this project?
  • Water Island with frontage on the Atlantic Ocean zoned for residential use. 

Why this project?

  • Natural area is undisturbed and has never had any development
  • Protection of natural habitat for wildlife, including endangered species
  • Susceptible to development as the landowner has attempted to obtain permits to build

Tell me more!

The area is recognized as critically in need of protection by the National Park Service however they have not had the funds to acquire the property.  The area remains vulnerable to development.



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