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Islip changes course on slip rentals at Fire Island marina

A trio enjoys a sunset view while boating

A trio enjoys a sunset view while boating off Atlantique, Fire Island on July 5, 2013. Credit: Daniel Goodrich

Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter said in a letter to town boaters Friday there will be no seasonal slip rentals at the Atlantique municipal marina, reversing course after saying earlier this month that some of the largest slips would rent for up to $6,000 for the summer.

While Carpenter had said that the original plan was developed “based on feedback from the residents,” many of the boaters who attended a town board meeting Tuesday complained that allowing seasonal rentals at the town-owned facility was tantamount to privatizing the Fire Island marina and would favor a select few.

“They’re taking a Town of Islip resource that was meant to increase the quality of life of Islip residents and offering it exclusively to some residents” who can pay the $6,000 fee, boater Daniel Zecchini of Oakdale told Newsday earlier this month. “Docking at Fire Island is very limited, so it’s a very premium resource. By renting it out to a select few for an entire season, you’re privatizing a town resource.”

Under the rules announced Friday, which Carpenter said were developed after discussion with representatives of boaters who spoke at Tuesday’s meeting, Atlantique slips can be rented for 14 days, up from 12 last year. “A” slip reservations, for boats wider than 15 feet, will not be permitted online.

Online reservations will be accepted for up to 20 “B” slips, for boats 11 to 14 feet wide. Those reservations are only for town residents and only on a weekly basis.

In her letter, Carpenter wrote that town officials “received a lot of constructive feedback” from residents at Tuesday’s meeting.

“My sincere wish is that this summer every boater and visitor will see and enjoy all of the positive changes and improvements the Town has brought to Atlantique,” she said.

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