FIRE ISLAND - A battle is brewing over a Fire Island breach created by Sandy.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and other lawmakers want to close the breach. They blame it for flooding across the South Shore.

Others say the inlet is not to blame for the flooding and that the breach actually helps clean out the water.

Bellone says it will cost $10-15 million, and that number will only grow as time goes on. He says he has sent a letter urging closure of the breach to the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in hopes of getting the project approved.

Officials from the DEC did not return calls for comment.