Fire Island has been a destination location for Long Islanders and jet-setters for decades. Here are pictures from Newsday's archives of Fire Island through the years.

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The Ocean Beach ferry docks in 1944 at Maple Avenue in Bay Shore.

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The Kismet section of Fire Island in 1956.

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Suffolk town supervisors board a boat for the trip back to the Captree Boat Basin on May 3, 1956.

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An Ocean Beach street is in 1958.

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An Ocean Beach walkway on Sept. 2, 1972, the end of the Fire Island high season.

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A walkway in Kismet on June 8, 1974, the start of the Fire Island season.

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A aerial view of Fire Island inlet on June 12, 1974.

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Paul Jasper and Jerry Liebowitz buy lemonade from Eric Leeds, 8, on June 2, 1978, in Ocean Beach.

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A wintry aerial view of Smith Point County Park on Jan. 19, 1980. The view is northward toward the Island.

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A lone wagon sits in the business district of Ocean Beach on March 17, 1980.

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Beach patrol officer Robert Kazanowitz works on Ocean Beach on July 26, 1980.

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A group of artists from the Fine Arts League of Patchogue paint and photograph the Fire Island lighthouse on May 11, 1983, to raise funds for the lighthouse's renovation.

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Wagons are the favored mode of transport for visitors coming off the ferry on Aug. 17, 1985 in Ocean Beach.

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A ferry arrives at Ocean Beach, Fire Island, on May 17, 1986.

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The Pearlstein family, of Franklin Square, walk and pull a wagon on April 11, 1987, to their summer house in Ocean Beach.

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Ocean Beach posts a do-not list for Fire Island beach bathers on Aug. 15, 1987.

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The Fire Island lighthouse on Dec. 16, 1987, after its renovation.

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Gary Mellis re-enacts the July 3, 1989 protest that eventually led to his arrest in September that year. Mellis, a record producer who did the re-enactment on July 9, 1990, was protesting a ban on drinking soda on the walkways of Ocean Beach, but he also ran afoul of local law by docking his inflatable Cadillac, and playing a boom box without earphones. He spent about 10 hours in jail and eventually appealed his case.

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Ranger Jim Grubner and the Miceli family, of Islip, take in the view from the top of the Fire Island lighthouse in this undated photo.

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