By Mike Busch

The storm last Friday that brought rain, wind, and some coastal flooding to the south shore left a mark on the beach front homes at the Fire Island Pines.  My friend John Morgan works at the Pines and sent in the photos below.   John tells me this is the worst erosion he has seen at this location in years little to no beach at high tide.  It is hard to tell from the photos below but most of these houses have pools and decks that were destroyed last weekend.   Considering we have a full season of storms about to start this is not a good sign for the rest of the winter.

Fire Island Pines only has one scheduled house to be torn down with the ongoing FIMI (Fire Island to Moriches Project).  This is a one time beach replenishment project that has identified homes for relocation or demolition  to pull development back from the beach.

This phase of the project includes:

  • Ocean Bay Park- 15 house demolitions, 5 site clearings and creation of a right of way on eastern end of community;
  • Fire Island Pines- 1 house demolition;
  • Davis Park- 4 house demolitions (there will be a total of 7 house demolitions but the other 3 were later acquisitions and could not be included in the base contract).

Davis Park has already had several homes taken down or in process, we hope to get over there soon for an update.