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Rachel’s in Ocean Beach

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After constructing downtown Ocean Beach’s newest commercial building in 2018, the Doerings reopened Rachel’s with attractive new bakery displays and a bright, modern dining room.

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Atlantique Marina Update

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Atlantique Marina has officially been under new ownership since March and long-time boaters are already seeing a difference in maintenance, slip prices and more.

Strong’s Marina & Water Club and Al Grovers High & Dry Marina have joined forces and have leased Atlantique operations after the Town of Islip unexpectedly relinquished control last summer.

After initial shock and apprehension from boaters concerned with slip price markups, a new docking reservation system and non-Islip residents accessing the marina, the new manager of Atlantique, Sean Ryan of Strong’s & Grovers, has done well to assure boaters that the marina will remain a family-friendly place for generations to come.

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Juan Manuel Palazon Villarreal (1959-2021)

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Juan’s easygoing nature and effortless charm made him an easy fit in just about any setting. On an afternoon in the summer of 1998, while accompanying Ariadne to Fire Island Pines (where she was producing a dance event), Juan was taken by the island’s natural beauty. The couple bought a summer home there and quickly assimilated themselves into their new surroundings. Over the years, Juan and Ariadne would tirelessly lend their talents and become instrumental in growing many of the philanthropic fundraising events held annually in the fabled beach community.

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#Fireisland: My Hot Pink Wristband

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When the nice lady with the guest list checks off my name and hands me my hot pink wristband, my ensemble feels complete. I am now officially invited onto “The Queens’ Boat” to document the hundreds of drag queens —and some drag kings, too— on their epic journey from Cherry Grove to Fire Island Pines for the annual “Invasion of The Pines.” This is my favorite photo assignment of the year.

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The New Year-Rounders of Fire Island

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New York City residents fleeing the pandemic’s epicenter during the first wave in March 2020 flocked to the beach – whether it was their second home or a rental – despite warnings from local officials that resources are scarce in the off-season. That was a tradeoff that many were willing to make to avoid the virus.

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Kismet Kapers

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The Fourth will continue to be celebrated all week. Kismet streets are lined with American flags flying from high utility poles. The sand castle building contest is Saturday, July 3, with sand pails full of donated prizes for the winners. Register beginning at 10 a.m. at the Pine Walk beach. Creations can begin at any time but must be finished by 3 p.m. KLAW will celebrate the holiday with a Mini Market and Chance Auction on Sunday afternoon, July 4, at “Eyegasm,” 133 Pine Walk.

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Moving Up

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Christi worked with many friends in the community over the winter to raise funds for a memorial bench on Bay Walk near Evergreen in memory of her best friend, Beth Errico. The loss of Beth last September was a devastating loss for many of us in the community, and my columns this season are dedicated to her memory.