July 2016 -  Suffolk County Hotel/Motel Tax Update

There is a Suffolk County law stating that a tax must be collected from all persons occupying hotel or motel rooms in the County. Specifically, the law requires every facility providing overnight lodging to charge their guests at the rate of 3% of the per-diem rental rate for each room, and then remit this tax revenue to the County. [The definition of a hotel or motel in the code is any facility providing lodging on an overnight basis including those commonly known as bed-and-breakfasts, inns, cabins, cottages, campgrounds, tourist homes, guest homes and convention centers; Suffolk County Code, Chapter 523-9].

The SC Comptroller has determined that there is substantial non-compliance with this law, and has started an initiative to vigorously pursue those who are not collecting the tax and sending it to the County.

FAQs - Suffolk County Hotel Tax - FIA FLYER 

The FIA-Fire Island Association will continue to monitor the impact of this tax on the Fire Island rental market and urges everyone to read more about it.

FIA - The Fire Island Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 424
Ocean Beach, NY 11770

The Davis Park Association is a member of the Fire Island Association / FIA Website 

Brookhaven Town - Parking Stickers: 2017 Flyer

Parking is free to Brookhaven Town residents.
Non-Brookhaven residents will be charged a daily parking fee or overnight parking fee.
Contact Brookhaven Town office for details -Or- inquire at the Sand Spit parking lot booth

Parks & Recreation Department
1130 Old Town Road
Coram, NY 11727
(631) 451-6100 phone
Hours of operation:  Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Homeowners Sheet:

Helpful Suggestions - Quality of Life Sheet (2016 version: LINK)

Garbage - Rubbish Issues:

Garbage - Recycling Sheet: Flyer  
Report Garbage-Rubbish Issues: garbage@davispark.org

Useful Services:

Grocery deliveries to beach (via Davis Park Ferry): King Kullen 2016

Beach House - Electrical System Inspection & Report: 'Palace Lighting'

Fire Island Water Taxi 631-665-8885: www.FireIslandWaterTaxi.com

Dogs (fuzzy fuzzy woof woof)

Dog owners must follow the Town of Brookhaven - Code re: Dogs


Internet at Beach:

Barrier Free - Basic Residential broadband internet service with burstable bandwidth provisioned up to 10-Mbps speed 

Note Fees: Service Activation fee • Modem rental fee • Fee for router configuration of customer owned equipment • Installation and equipment fees / Terms as of March 2017: No Annual Contract, seasonal suspension for up to 5 month's allowed, excluding equipment (CPE) rental charges

Exede Internet links your computer to the Internet with a high-speed connection through one of our high-capacity satellites

Davis Park Erosion Control District (ECD)

Projected ECD Taxes 2015 - 2020
We will continue to have ongoing erosion control costs (fencing, grass, monitoring) which we estimate at about $70,000 per year. All of these amounts are projections, of course; the level of ECD taxation is reevaluated each year.

Boardwalk - Walk Repair

Wear and tear takes it told on the wood walks that make up the community.

The DPA works to see the town addresses needed repairs and upgrades to the walkway system connecting the community.
Report Boardwalk Issues: boardwalks@davispark.org

Walk Liaisons

For each walk in Davis Park and Ocean Ridge we have a community-minded folk who have volunteered to aid in the quality of life of our special island by dealing with issues on their walk.  Issues may include reporting broken boards, passing out all those helpful lists of telephone numbers and other community activities; informing neighbors about the beach clean up, encouraging neighbors to volunteer for community projects; reminding people to pay their DPA dues; encouraging everyone to turn over their garbage cans and lids to discourage mosquitoes; reminding homeowners that they may need to have more garbage cans when their houses are rented to large groups.

We welcome your suggestions about further activities that would be helpful for the Walk Liaisons to add to their already busy schedules.
General Topics Feedback: dpa@davispark.org

All volunteers are gratefully accepted.  

We would like to thank our Walk Liaisons for all their help! ;-) 

Below is the list of names of the Walk Liaisons in case you are not aware of the civic-minded person on your walk that has volunteered to do this service for your community.
Davis Park Coordinator    -- Open --
Ocean Ridge Coordinator    Lisa Daglian


Insect Control    


Damminix treatments: Spring & Earlier Fall

Damminix Tick Tubes deliver tick-controlling permethrin in the form of patented Damminix Tick Tubes. Permethrin, a synthetic pyrethroid, is based on a natural compound extracted from chrysanthemums. Place  biodegradable Damminix Tick Tubes around your property in the spring and fall. Mice, the host animals for deer ticks, collect the permethrin-treated material to line their nests. The deer ticks on the mice are then exposed to permethrin, and are killed. The mice and other mammals are unharmed.
DPA Damminix (Tick Tubes) Program



Mosquitoes are a part of the natural food chain on Fire Island. Dragonflies, birds, and bats eat adult mosquitoes, and small fish and diving beetles eat tiny mosquito larvae suspended just below the water's surface. Mosquitoes begin as tiny eggs deposited in wet areas such as ponds, marshes, mud flats, or outdoor containers such as old tires or buckets. You can eliminate mosquito breeding areas by eliminating anything that can collect rainwater.

Male mosquitoes eat only plant nectar which aids in pollination, but females need to eat blood to produce eggs. Mosquitoes generally seek rabbits and deer, but they may choose any warm-blooded animal including humans. they locate prey by detecting carbon dioxide which all animals, including humans, exhale when breathing.

Mosquitoes are known to transmit both Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV). Although several species of mosquitoes live at Fire Island, the risk of contracting EEE or WNV at the park is low. Fire Island National Seashore generally lacks the habitat where EEE and WNV-transmitting mosquitoes originate. However, to ensure the health and safety of residents, visitors and employees, the National Park Service has installed a monitoring program at Fire Island National Seashore to detect any incidence of EEE or WNV in the mosquito population.

Protect yourself by using insect repellent and follow the directions on the label carefully. Wear long sleeves, pants, and socks to keep mosquitoes away from your skin. Avoid being outdoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

Remove Breeding Sources

Your help in preventing mosquito breeding is very important. Standing water provides a place for mosquitoes to lay their eggs and mature into biting adults that can spread disease.

Remove standing water sources like these from around your home:

Southern Pine Beetle at Fire Island National Seashore: Flyer

More Info:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dendroctonus_frontalis

Fire Island Year Round Residents Association

A few Davis Park / Ocean Ridge residents reside year round. For more information see the Fire Island Year Round Residents Association: LINK

email Questions? ... Contact:  dpa@davispark.org