The water is still warm, the breeze is light, the temperatures well above normal, and so the beach was still delightful this Columbus Day weekend. I spent a few nice hours on the beach,, met with friends, and Braddy and I went for many long walks and two swims each day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. I write down the first and last dates that I'm able to swim in the ocean, and this year it looks like October 7 will be the end date, unless conditions still permit a dip next weekend.
Here's a nice piece of undeveloped land, one of the last in any community on Fire Island, that is included in the Federal and New York State Dune District or Coastal Erosion Hazard Area. It's never been built on but now it is for sale. Some of us are opposed to development, but, according to Fire Island National Seashore Superintendent Mike Reynolds, Fire Island is under siege by developers. Will environmental and other community concerns triumph over development?