Army Corps Sets Schedule for FIMP Public Hearings

Geobags prepared for deployment at the FIMP project in Montauk last November.
Geobags prepared for deployment at the FIMP project in Montauk last November.

Update 9/7: Mr. Zeldin announced Sept. 7 that the public comment period on the FIMP plan, which was previously set to end on Sept. 29, has been extended to Oct. 19, 2016.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ long-awaited Fire Island to Montauk Point post-Superstorm Sandy re-evaluation report is now available for public review, and the Army Corps has finalized the times and locations of several community meetings planned this month.

The hearings will be held Sept. 14 at the Islip Town Hall Annex at 655 Main St, Islip; Sept. 20 at Patchogue Watch Hill Ferry Terminal at 150 West Ave, Patchogue; Sept. 27 at Stony Brook Southampton at 239 Montauk Hwy, Southampton; and Sept. 28 at the Montauk Playhouse at 240 Edgemere St, Montauk.

All four meetings will begin at 6 p.m. with a poster board session. The formal presentation will begin at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a moderated question and answer session.

“The FIMP project, which covers a distance of 83 miles, 80 percent of which is in the First Congressional District, has been a long time coming and will greatly improve our environment, economy and coastal way of life on Long Island’s South Shore,” said East End Congressman Lee Zeldin, who announced the meeting times last week. “I strongly encourage the residents of the South Shore to get involved in the process and participate in the public comment period to ensure that their voices are heard and requests are received. The Army Corps needs and wants to hear from the public.”

The public comment period is set to end on Sept. 29, but the last hearing takes place just one day prior. Congressman Zeldin has requested a two-week extension from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Commander Colonel David Caldwell. A copy of the letter is online here here.

“With the last proposed hearing confirmed for just one day prior to the end of the public comment period, I have officially called on the Army Corps to extend the public comment period for two weeks,” said Mr. Zeldin. “South Fork residents deserve and need more than 24 additional hours to comment after a public hearing. It is so important that every member of the public has their opportunity to weigh in on this process before the comment period ends and the final project is planned.”

Residents can also submit public comments by mail or email to The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, Planning Division-Environmental Branch (ATTN: Mr. Robert Smith) 26 Federal Plaza, New York, New York 10278-0090, or to: Project Biologist Robert.J.Smith@usace.army.mil and Project Manager Mark.f.Lulka@usace.army.mil.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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