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Islip: Year-round Fire Island residents can return for four hours

A home damaged by superstorm Sandy in Atlantique

A home damaged by superstorm Sandy in Atlantique on Fire Island. (Nov. 3, 2012) Credit: Ed Betz

Town of Islip officials announced Friday a limited reoccupation of Fire Island communities, marking the first time they will allow homeowners to re-enter the barrier island since superstorm Sandy.

The reoccupation is only for a few hours on Saturday, and will only be extended to year-round residents who live in Islip's Fire Island communities. It was unclear whether Brookhaven would be extending the same offer to its Fire Island residents.

Year-round residents who want to go back to their homes for a few hours to assess damage and pick up their belongings are asked to meet at the Bay Shore ferry terminal Saturday at 10 a.m. From there, they will be escorted to their homes by fire officials and will be escorted back to the ferry to return to the mainland four hours later, Town Supervisor Tom Croci said Friday.

"It's still a very hazardous area, but year-round residents need medications, things they left behind that they need to exist wherever they're relocated on the mainland," Croci said. "So under very tight circumstances they will go over, get what they need, insure that they understand what damage has been done and then they'll be leaving the island."

Croci said Fire Island fire officials will be at the ferry terminal Saturday armed with a list of people who are considered year-round residents, and added that state troopers will also be on hand.

Ferry officials said they will be making stops at Kismet, Saltaire, Ocean Beach and Fair Harbor, but not Seaview or Ocean Bay Park.

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