Another Fire Island season slowly comes to a close!

As we move in Fall, Fire Island will slowly start to quiet down, with less weekend travelers and most share houses closed for the year. While the business in the Pines will stay open for a few more weeks, we wanted to take a moment to say thanks for another wonderful season!

Storm Damage on the island…

Our friends over at FIPPOA sent a quick update yesterday – getting power back on for everyone across NY and the Tri-State area has been slow-going, but hopefully the power will be on for everyone soon! Damage in the Pines was limited to some fallen trees and down power lines, but thankfully it looks like the beach survived another storm.

From FIPPOA (Jay Pagano) –

“We are aware of the power outages in the Pines, and we have been in contact with PSEG. PSEG currently has a crew working in Fire Island, and the crew expects to get to the Pines by tomorrow morning. PSEG’s emergency line was busy all day yesterday. As a result, PSEG may not be aware of the scope of residential power outages in the Pines. Repair crews are deployed based on outages in the area, so it’s important to report your outage. We are competing with damaged neighborhoods on the mainland for repair resources.
We urge you to please call, text and/or email PSEG. 

To report an outage:

  • Call 1-800-490-0075
  • Download the PSEG mobile app
  • Text OUT to PSEGLI (773454)
  • Go to psegliny.com

In the meantime, we started to clear the walks of fallen trees, starting on Sail, where four trees are down. It may take us a few days to clear all of the trees, so please be patient. Stay safe, and we will keep you posted on progress.”

Summer 2020: What it is and what it is not

We asked one of our favorite Boys of Fire Island, James Stevko, to give his impression of what Fire Island is like this summer, compared to summers past…Keep on reading below!

WELL…!

When BoFI considered a post on this summer’s most burning question on Friday, the tone of the answer did a full 180 between then and the Fourth of July.

The holiday came and went with no shortage of photographic evidence leading to an eruption of comments eclipsing the size of a Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks display.

We’ve all seen the aftermath so there’s no need for further coverage. What’s important to note is that Cuomo and Suffolk County have stepped in after this weekend’s events and FIPPOA has promised increased enforcement of distancing efforts. If everything goes as planned, we’ll all be able to continue our Fire Island summers as best we can.

So, back to the question prospective BoFI’s are asking, “what IS it like out there this summer?”

This summer IS different. We miss our daily, weekly, and monthly parties. Nothing will change that this year, save for a magical vaccine.

But all is not lost! The people in charge have done a spectacular job getting things up and running to the best of their abilities since opening in May.

Breakfast at the Canteen? Open for business!

What about TEA? It’s here and reimagined!

Live drag shows? No longer just a gay fantasy!

Of course, these are only made possible right now by cutting capacity, mask requirements, and a system of reservations or first come first serve tables. This requires some planning on your end. We’re getting into the thick of the summer and the requests for last minute housing on BoFI show no signs of stopping, so keeping up on the always changing rules and regulations on BoFI is crucial

The magic of “Home, sweet, home”

The action this summer is your house’s quarantine bubble. Maybe you’ll arrange to meet with a friend or stop by for a distanced “helIo” at the owner’s discretion, but this is largely the year of your house’s “Getting to Know You” number. Hopefully you’ve discussed with your house various pandemic precautions to keep each other safe beforehand, which is highly recommended. Bringing this up before the trip really ensures there is no confusion once you step off the ferry.

For you and your housemates this opens a world of possibilities! Assuming your house may have a bossy bottom or “cruise director” there will be no shortage of fun in the works: from Top Chef cooking challenges, rounds of trivia, board games and even a caftan and wig themed party.

Ok, the caftans and wigs for this crew is nothing new…

BUT the point is, as you’ve already discovered in your pandemic practice, the virus has made you slow down and take a close look at the world around you.

With the recent crack down on the Fourth of July chaos and too many allusions to the gay community’s AIDS crisis, it’s crucial that we help maintain the community that has been there for us for decades; that includes protecting the owners and workers, who are doing their best to make sure summer continues SAFELY.

We aren’t Florida. We don’t want to be Florida! Let’s not be the face of the news again for the wrong reasons.

As Carrie Bradshaw covers the Phase 3 opening of NYC, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This isn’t Phase Me just yet.

As NYC prepared for phase 3, it occurred to me, maybe it was time I took on phase me.

Crowd around for Showtune Sunday’s on Zoom with Bubbles D’Boob , enjoy working from home by the pool and think twice before wandering through a random gatehouse after twilight looking for the usual fun. This isn’t the year BoFI’s are welcoming strangers up their boardwalks…

What happened over July 4th…

In case you missed it, July 4th in the Pines this year was memorable for the wrong reasons. With multiple parties that popped up on the beach, in the meat rack, and at various houses, social distancing protocols unfortunately were not followed by everyone. Take a look at the news stories online, including from CBS 2.

The end result is that social distancing rules, the use of face masks, etc will all be more closely monitored. FIPPOA, the property owners association, responded to the parties with a community letter, with the main headlines of

Parties on the beach forbidden,

Social distancing or masks required on the beach, and

House parties regulated and monitored.

The full letter can be found here.

As a unfortunate consequence, the online party that was scheduled to replace Pines Party this year, has been cancelled.

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