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FI debris removal complicated by plover deadline

During nesting season, protective fencing is put up on the beaches. (2/20/13)

FIRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE - Removing storm debris from Fire Island is now extra complicated because of a deadline.

The endangered piping plovers start nesting in mid-March. During nesting season, protective fencing is put up on the beaches, leaving little room for trucks to remove debris.

A spokeswoman for the Army Corps of Engineers says a company could start working this weekend, but any debris not removed by March 31 will have to be hauled away on barges in the bay.

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