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
Parking is free to Brookhaven Town residents.
Non-Brookhaven residents will be charged a daily parking fee or overnight parking fee.
See 2019 flyer, contact Brookhaven Town office for details -Or- inquire at the Sand Spit parking lot booth
Effective Tuesday, January 22nd 2019, The Town of Brookhaven Resident Parking Stickers will be available for purchase. The price of the sticker is $15.00. If purchased prior to Saturday, May 25th, the sticker cost is $10.00. The price for a Senior Citizen (60+), Handicapped and Veteran Sticker is $5.00. Proof required – Handicapped must present the BLUE permanent placard, not the RED temporary placard. Resident Disabled Veterans will receive a free sticker for the year (must show V.A. issued identification card stating “Service Connected” disability). *Sticker expires December 31, 2019
Helpful Suggestions - Quality of Life Sheet (2016 version: LINK)
Garbage - Rubbish Issues:
Garbage & Recycling 2019:
1.) Solid waste collection every Tuesday through Nov. 26th and Fridays through Sept. 6th; Schedule
2.) Recycling Information: Flyer 2019 Recycling Schedule
- Recycling pickup Fridays through Sept. 6th, and Tuesdays Sept. 10th to Nov. 26th 2019; special Wednesday pickup June 19th-Sept. 11th
- Three streams for Recycling:
- Metal and plastics (only plastics marked #1 and #2 are recyclable) into clear trash bags
- Separate glass into clear trash bags
- Bundle cardboard and
- Do not leave bulk items on public walks
- NO Dumping Anywhere. IT'S ILLEGAL!!!
US Post Office, Davis Park:
A message from Linda Firpo, the Postmistress at Davis Park, June 2017:
- The Post Office & Library officially opens
with Mail Services on (TBD) for Incoming and Outgoing Mail
- Post Office will be open Monday to Friday from 11:00AM to 2:00PM
- US Mail arrives on the 11:30AM Ferry, and outgoing
mail goes out on that same Ferry, back to the
- All INCOMING Mail must be Addressed: 1 Main Walk, Davis Park, NY 11772
Most mass mailings also come through Davis Park, so if you really feel mail disadvantaged, feel free to stop by for some mail. Also, it may be of interest to note that all mail is hand canceled and bears a "Davis Park" cancellation mark.
On (TBD), I offer the "Post Card Experience" aimed at teaching kids to properly address a post card. They select the original photo card, create a postcard, address it, place the postage, cancel and mail it. (They can also bring their own Photo which is converted to a postcard) Plus I email a picture to the parent/ significant other with the kid in postal garb (shirt and hat) This, for just $3.00 and a healthy walk to the Davis Park Coastal Postal Unit. (good rainy day stuff)
Also, the library has really nice books for kids as well as cards and the CRAB Posters and magnets (for sale). The 18-month calendar with photos of Davis Park is also for sale.
Please stop by often. Sometimes very important and official mail goes unclaimed and gets returned.
If you put a phone number on the outside of your phone and keys you will get them back if they are turned into me. Often a phone dies or is locked and I can’t identify the owner. I still have some phones and a key on a boomerang.
If you need anything just let me know: eMail: lindafirpo @ me.com
- Grocery deliveries to beach (via Davis Park Ferry): King Kullen
- 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:
- PARKS AND RECREATION AREAS - Animals
- DOG CONTROL AND ANIMAL WELFARE
- CONTROL OF DOG WASTE
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
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.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
- Fifth Walk Jayne Robinson
- Fourth Walk Nancy Cooper
- Third Walk Susan Bates
- Second Walk -- Open --
- First Walk Pam Kurey & Vicki Rudtke
- Pepperidge Walk -- Open --
- Beach Plum Walk Kim Russell
- Sea Jay Walk Judie Jayne
- Donella & Center Walks Jan Mauck
- West Walk Ginger Hutchins
- East Walk JoAnne Spencer
- Dune Walk West Nancy Canella
- Dune Walk East Gail Petrignani
- Windward & Trustees Walks Kathy Fuller
- Spindrift Walk West Roberta Weiss
- Spindrift Walk East Marlene Sklar
- Driftwood Walk Doug & Dorothee King
- Seafoam Walk Lisa Daglian
- Sandpiper Walk Suzanne DeVito
- Leeward Walk Jeff O’Donnell
- Whalebone Walk Thelma Dixon
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
Damminix Tick Tubes: Tick Tubes® Fact Sheet
Lyme Disease resources:
Ticks, how to remove and Lyme Disease:
Some very useful info for anyone who gets bitten by a tick or even finds a tick on them Link
American dog tick, with its legs questing for a ride on its next meal, waits patiently near the end of a blade of grass. Several species of ticks live on Fire Island. The tiny deer tick can transmit Lyme disease and other illnesses, so you should avoid grassy areas or leaf litter where these ticks may be abundant. Wear light-colored clothing and check yourself frequently for ticks. Use an appropriate insect repellent and follow directions carefully. If bitten, remove the tick carefully with fine-tipped tweezers and consult a doctor.
Lyme disease is a devastating bacterial disease which is transmitted by a tick bite. Symptoms of Lyme disease may include joint pain, fever, lethargy, heart problems, kidney problems, loss of appetite and depression. Other species of ticks also carry bacteria that can cause serious disease including ehrlichiosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
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:
- Containers & Buckets: Turn over or cover so they do not collect water
- Swimming Pools/Spas: Keep water clean and circulating
- Birdbaths & Troughs: Change water weekly, or use mosquito fish or larvicide to control insect breeding
- Drains & Gutters: Remove dirt and leaves so drains do not clog and collect water
- Ponds: Use mosquito fish or larvicide to control mosquito breeding
- Faucets & Hoses: Fix all leaks
- Potted Plants: Do not over water. Empty saucers weekly or fill them with sand
- Trash Cans: Clean weekly and keep covered so they do not collect water
- Be sure to empty standing water weekly to kill mosquito
Southern Pine Beetle at Fire Island National Seashore: Flyer
More Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dendroctonus_frontalis
Fire Island Year Round Residents
A few Davis Park / Ocean Ridge residents reside year round. For more information see the Fire Island Year Round Residents Association: LINK
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