Life After Sandy: Fire Island Rebounds

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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.