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BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Another community has made a comeback in the wake of superstorm Sandy.

Fire Island is open for business,” said Brookaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine, who took reporters on a tour of Fire Island Pines to show the progress since Sandy

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“We’re here in front of a pine tree that they just planted… This is back up. All the businesses are back up. You can see they’re rebuilding,” he said.

The boardwalks, access to the beach, and piers damaged by Sandy have been repaired or rebuilt, WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola reported.

“We have 11 access points to the beach,” local businesswoman Nicole LaFontaine told Kosola. “Every single one of them was destroyed, but they’re all back now.”

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Even the Pavilion, the popular restaurant and night spot that burned a year-and-a-half ago, has been reconstructed.

Of course, the key is to get the word out.

“We are open. We are running. Our ferry schedule is the same as it’s always been. Our ridership is a little low, which has us very concerned,” said Ken Stein, president of the Sayville Ferry Service.

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