Life After Sandy: Fire Island Rebounds

Friday, May 03, 2013

The Island Mermaid in Ocean Beach is open and waiting for the summer beach crowds. (Richard Hake/WNYC)

City dwellers are beginning to turn their attention to weekend getaways at  the beaches of Long Island. On Fire Island, business owners are still cleaning up from Sandy, but are promising to be ready for the crowds this season.

Sandy Flooded The Island Mermaid and now the bar and restaurant has new floors and furniture and is ready to open.

Laura Mercogliano rides the ferry to check on her Ocean Beach hotel during reconstruction.  She expects to be welcoming guests by mid May


Debris still waiting to be picked up along the narrow walks in Ocean Beach.

Some 3-4 feet of floodwaters from The Great South Bay inundated the walks in Ocean Beach, Fire Island, the remnant -- lots of sand.

One ocean front house washed away and another getting raised in Ocean Bay Park, Fire Island.

Trap bags are helping to rebuild the dunes on Fire Island.

A symbol of Fire Island is the little red wagon for groceries.  These seem displaced by Sandy.


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Comments [4]

kim from Islip

I guess they missed the video's thanking everyone who was or still is involved working to rebuild ocean Beach and open it for the season

May. 10 2013 07:46 AM
Barbara Dunn-Lardner from Ocean Beach

The only slant here was on the negativity of the comments. 8 photos, only three of which showed the "commercial district" .
Whether it's homeowners, renters or visitors...all want to know that the island is on the rebound, which is exactly what the article was about and what it showed. As a homeowner AND resident I have watch the tireless daily efforts and activities of contractors and the OB village staff. They deserve nothing less than admiration and high fives from everyone. Thank you Richard, for you presentation; if you get a free dinner at the Mermaid and a 10% off coupon from the Palms...I for one don't care....I know that probably wasn't the reason you took those photos.

May. 08 2013 12:08 PM
judith sandegren from Connecticut/Ocean Beach

I totally agree with the comment by Jill re the totally commercial slant. As a homeowner I would be glad to discuss the situation from our point of view.

May. 03 2013 11:59 AM
Jill from Philadelphia/NYC

Seems to have a commercial slant; how about interviewing and talking to homeowners? I almost feel like this is an advertisement for a few businesses. I hope you speak with homeowners or visitors next time.

May. 03 2013 10:44 AM

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