Off-shore vehicle rules changed on Fire Island National Seashore for 1st time in 3 decades

National Park Service officials presented three options on the table during a public meeting Wednesday.

Jon Dowding

Nov 16, 2023, 3:32 AM

Updated 152 days ago

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Changes will be made to off-road vehicle rules on Fire Island National Seashore for the first time in over 30 years.
National Park Service officials presented three options on the table during a public meeting Wednesday.
Fire Island National Seashore Superintendent Alexcy Romero says the three alternatives look to address the needs of all stakeholders.
"What made Fire Island a national seashore is its roadless character,” said Romero. “We have to protect the resources, provide visitor safety, and ensure that the residents do have access to their home."
One proposal would modify seasonal driving windows for residents to allow for all-day driving.
Year-round residents say current seasonal windows limit driving time on the beaches.
Ocean Beach resident Byron Chenault says adjustments to the timing windows would make it easier on families going to after school events. He says he wanted to learn as much as he could about the options and a final decision is made with the community in mind.
"We need to just kind of make sure that this is all done collaboratively."
The amount of year-round residents also continues to increase as well.
Kismet resident Dawn Lippert says she hopes the final decision makes the community stronger.
"Keeping a community strong and healthy and hopefully drawing in some younger people,” she said. “It would be the goal. The thing is to find that balance. How to have enough people to keep it going."
The National Park Service is still accepting public comments about the proposals.
Learn more about the proposals and how to leave a comment here.


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