Suffolk County Releases FIMI Stabilization Project Information
For Public Review
Residents Encouraged to Log onto........ http://suffolkcountyny.gov/FIMI
April 14, 2016
Dear Seaview residents;
I participated in a FIMI Project stakeholder’s conference call this afternoon and it has been decided by the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE), NYSDEC, Suffolk County officials and FINS that they will not be starting the 3A (Seaview to Fair Harbor) portion of the FIMI project until at least Sept 19th, 2016.
In the call today, the Army Corps announced that they have approved the Real Estate Certification for contract 3A that took the last 18 months of real estate work by Suffolk County and the NYSDEC.
This project is anticipated to place an estimated 1.4 million cubic yards of sand as a dune and berm system along this (3A) stretch of beach. It is estimated that approximately 20,000 cubic yards of sand will be pumped per day and this portion of beach of the FIMI project will take 4 -6 months to complete.
The current timetable is that the bids for this project should be submitted in May 2016 and the contract should be awarded in June 2016.
Although the original plans called for the project 3A to commence in July, it appears that the ultimate decision to delay this project until September 2016 was based on concerns over the health and safety by the heavy equipment and its staging, the negative impact on the island’s economy and this summer’s quality of life in the affected communities.
In summary, the FIMI project team (ACE, NYSDEC, Suffolk County and FINS) decided to start project 3A on or before September 19, 2016. The project is scheduled to commence on the eastside of Seaview and work westerly towards Fair Harbor. It is anticipated that project 3A should be completed by March 2017.
We will keep you updated on any new developments in the FIMI process and the awarding of this contract.
as of; dec. 07 2015
The Seaview Board of Directors would like to update you on the current status of the FIMI Beach Project as it relates to Seaview.
FIMI, Fire Island Inlet to Moriches Inlet project, refers to the sand nourishment project being undertaken by the Army Corps of Engineers as an emergency repair project in anticipation of the larger Fire Island Inlet to Montauk Point Reformulation Project (FIMP).
The FIMI Project is what will bring the additional sand to Seaview and our ocean dunes and beach.
The FIMI Project is sub-divided into many different contracts / phases. Seaview’s portion of the FIMI Project falls into this sub-section categorized as Contract 3A. The Contract 3A portion of the project is from Seaview through Fair Harbor. This contract includes all aspects of work.
Currently, the Army Corps is now completing their plans and specifications and plans to put the contract out to bid later this January / February 2016. In the meantime, some of the factors to hold to the time table that is being laid out are;
o County obtains all real estate easements by February 2016
o NYS certifies real estate to the Corps in February 2016
o Corps opens bids in March 2016
o Corps awards contract in April 2016
o Work starts in May 2016 depending on contractor’s availability and equipment schedule.
We are being told that once the Army Corps starts Contract 3A, they will not stop until the contract is complete and will not be affected by or have to suspend the project for piping plover season, etc.
While we don’t expect work to begin in Seaview for several months, we are happy to report that the FIMI dredging project began mobilizing Saturday,December 5th, to dredge the Kismet beach. This was confirmed this afternoon by email from the Great Lakes Dredging Company and a telephone call from Chris Soller, the Superintendent of the Fire Island National Seashore.
This is ten (10) days earlier than had been expected for the dredging to actually begin in Kismet. The contractor is expected to be pumping sand east to west from an ocean pipeline that comes landward at the end of Saltaire and marries up to a lateral pipeline pumping the sand east to west through Kismet to the Lighthouse area.
We will keep you updated of any new developments. Happy holidays.
Board of Directors
(SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY –September 22, 2014) – Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced today the county’s Fire Island Inlet to Moriches Inlet (FIMI) Stabilization Project public information website,http://suffolkcountyny.gov/FIMI, has launched for residents to review. The extensive coastal protection project is designed to provide coastal storm risk reduction and protect main lands from coastal erosion and tidal inundation until the Fire Island Inlet to Montauk Point (FIMP) project is implemented.
“We have worked extensively with the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation and United States Army Corps of Engineers to create a comprehensive construction plan to ensure the safety of our residents and the south shore from further storm damage,” said County Executive Steve Bellone. “Furthermore, we understand that our residents are concerned about the logistics of this project, so we have created the FIMI website to answer their questions and keep them informed.”
The public information website includes a summary explaining FIMI’s objectives, frequently asked questions (FAQ) page, real estate flow charts, fact sheet, documents and forms and FIMI construction updates. The website additionally provides guidance to property owners whose properties may be affected to fill out the necessary forms and submit them to the county’s Division of Real Property Management and Acquisition by October 1, 2014.
The FIMI Stabilization Project will reestablish protective dunes and beach berms along the Atlantic Coast of Fire Island, from Robert Moses State Park in the west to Moriches Inlet in the east – with the exception of certain protected federal wilderness areas.
FIMI is scheduled to be constructed in three phases: the first in Smith Point Country Park, the second in Robert Moses State Park and the Fire Island Lighthouse tract (with potential additions from Kismet to Lonelyville) and the third in the remaining Fire Island communities.
If residents or property owners have further questions about the FIMI Stabilization Project, please refer to the FAQ for contact information for the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and for Suffolk County.
FIMI Project Scope: The Fire Island to Moriches Inlet project (FIMI) is designed as an emergency beach stabilization measure equal in size and scope to that contemplated within the larger FIMP. However, it is proposed to be implemented in advance of the full-scale project in order to provide critically needed protection for the entire project area while the larger project is being studied, developed and approved. The FIMI project will cover Fire Island from Robert Moses Park to Smith County Park and all of the communities in between. Sand will also be placed on the smaller federal tracts in between the communities, and tapers will be placed at the ends of the larger federal tracts that are adjacent to the communities.
The project includes the creation of a significant dune, berm and beach system in the developed areas of the Island. The crest of the dune is proposed at +15.5’ MSL (15.5 feet above Mean Sea Level) in height and 25’ wide at the crest and 80’ wide at its base. The lower beach is proposed to be 90’ wide at an elevation of +9.5’ MSL. There will also be significant advance nourishment in the wet beach below mean high tide which is designed to absorb a large portion of the energy of the ocean’s waves before they even reach the dry beach.
Importance of Submitting Comments on this Draft EA and Project Report: The emergency beach stabilization project must undergo an environmental review pursuant to the National Environmental Protection Act. Once the review is completed, a Project Participation Agreement (PPA) will be executed between the Corps and New York State, and then between the State and Suffolk County. Until the PPAs have been agreed to and signed by all parties, the project cannot proceed from the planning phase to implementation. It is critically important that Fire Island residents, business owners, visitors, and mainland residents alike submit comments to the Corps that strongly support the project plan, as well as the conclusions outlined in the draft EA so that the PPAs can be signed and the project can get underway.
HERE IS A LINK TO THE "FIA WEB SITE" THAT HAS THE "USACE" DOCUMENTS......
Positive Comments should include variations (in your own language) of the following points:
· Emphasize the need for immediate stabilization of the barrier island, not only for the benefit of the preservation of the Fire Island communities but also for the benefit of the mainland of Long Island as well.
· Offer strong support for the project as described in the Draft Hurricane Sandy Limited Re-evaluation Report (LRR for short)
· Agree with the conclusions of the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) that support the FIMI Stabilization Beach Fill Alternative.
· Urge that when implementing the project, that the Corps and DOI collaborate closely with not only the two Incorporated Villages and Towns, but also with the FIA as the representatives of the communities that will be impacted.
· Cite that past beach stabilization projects of similar design sponsored by the communities have clearly provided significant and measurable benefits to the natural environment of Fire Island.
NOTE: The LRR may contain components of the project that may not be ideal for any particular homeowner or community. That would be expected with any project of this magnitude, even though the overall benefits outweigh those specific concerns. If you wish to take issue with any of the project elements in your comment, please preface your remarks with language such as “In any analysis of future renourishment projects, we urge that the USACE, DOI and NYS DEC consider the following suggestions or modifications……”
Although this report and our past experience demonstrate the overwhelming economic, cultural and environmental benefits that will be derived from this type of stabilization project, you can be assured that there will be individuals and agencies that will voice their opposition to the project. If this Draft EA and Project Report do not receive strong public support, or if there are too many substantive criticisms lodged against the recommendations contained in the documents, it could trigger the need for a more complicated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) – and that will delay the FIMI project considerably !!
HOW TO SUBMIT COMMENTS
Public comments on the DEA regarding this proposed work should be submitted by mail 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
Public comments can also be submitted by e-mail to:
Project Biologist Robert.J.Smith@usace.army.mil
Project Manager Frank.Verga@usace.army.mil.
WE URGE YOU TO REVIEW THE DOCUMENTS AND SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS SO THAT FIRE ISLAND’s
“VOICE” IS PROPERLY REPRESENTED IN THIS IMPORTANT COMMENT PROCESS