Just weeks before the start of the tourist season, fire destroyed four buildings on Cherry Grove.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Morgan Gallapis said the search began Saturday afternoon after a crew member reported the tugboat was sinking.
Close to 400 people were stranded on the island after conditions from Tuesday’s nor’easter were deemed too dangerous for boats to travel.
The Audubon’s lawsuit claims the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ $207 million dune-replenishment project would harm piping plovers by destroying their habitat.
A court fight over the piping plover is holding up a $207 million plan to replenish the sand along a 19-mile stretch of Fire Island.
The Audubon Society convinced a federal judge to stop a federal project repairing the dunes damaged by Superstorm Sandy for fear that it could harm the piping plover nesting grounds.
A federal judge has temporarily halted a dune replenishment project on New York’s Fire Island over concerns it could harm an endangered bird population.
Before emergency crews could arrive, two Good Samaritans passing by on a 26-foot boat rescued Michael Scaringi’s 12-year-old son from the sinking boat.
Suffolk County police said members of the Marine Bureau were patrolling at around 2:22 a.m. when they encountered a 32-foot Carrera boat taking on water after both engines had failed.
Drinking is no longer allowed on two stretches of the federally-owned Fire Island National Seashore as well as during peak hours at East Hampton’s Indian Wells Beach.
The ban will go into effect on Aug. 1 on federal lands in the Town of Islip between the communities of Atlantique and Corneille Estates.
A blaze broke out late Sunday in the Fire Island Pines hamlet on Fire Island.
Verizon used Fire Island as a test case and installed a wireless system called Voice Link to service the island’s 300 permanent residents and dozens of businesses after Sandy.
Fish and wildlife are thriving in the Great South Bay, and scientists have credited Mother Nature’s breach of Fire Island for it all. But not everyone wants to keep it that way.
Verizon spokesman Lee Gierczynski said Sandy damaged the old copper telephone wire network in the community beyond repair. He said the company does not intend to rebuild the lines or bring in a fiber-optic cable system.