Outdoor dining is a strong part of Fire Island’s restaurant culture, and this revocation does not affect the majority of establishments in the Ocean Beach business district – However, it does impact a few of the family-style restaurants that lack waterfront views but attract high summer traffic by offering square-meals at reasonable price.
What the Legislature can control is the rates they charge. They have to be approved through the public works committee and eventually the entire Legislature. They can also revoke a license if a company significantly reduces the amount of service they provide. In this case, by not servicing Ocean Beach, which McCaffrey believes is 60 percent of the business, it would fall into that category and they would have the right to revoke FI Ferries’ license.
“We feel like the ferry company has a gun to our head,” said Ocean Beach Mayor James S. Mallott in a telephone interview.
Then there is the mid-afternoon lull, after the ferry has taken most of the workers away, but before the families start coming in – and this particular lull happens to be populated by men – save the barmaid and this writer.
The ceremony became a venerable who’s who of Fire Island School District alumni who became lifetime friends as they pursued different paths.
Things were not so carefree for the creamy gray tiger in the summer of 2020, when she was discovered by former Ocean Beach Mayor Thomas Schwarz in Lonelyville.
Actor and screenwriter Anthony Montes of North Hollywood, California, presented an interactive one-man show at the Ocean Beach Community House on the evening of Friday, Aug, 20, titled “Outta the Darkness into the Light.” A Saturday performance was canceled due to the storm. Sponsored by the Ocean Beach Chamber of Commerce, the event was arranged with the assistance of Anthony’s sister, Diane Montes, who summers in Ocean Beach. The show is semi-autobiographical and focuses on Anthony’s recovery after contemplating suicide at the age of 27.
“We are truly excited to be able to come together again,” said Community Fund President Holly Etlin, “as the party is as much about community as it is a fundraiser.” Over 200 supporters sporting black and white attire were in attendance for the event, which had the theme 100 Years, 100 Dances, in celebration of the centennial anniversary of the Village of Ocean Beach.
Art has returned to the walls of the Ocean Beach Historical Society after a year’s absence and a well-attended reception held on the evening of July 17 was evidence that people were happy to celebrate it. The exhibition features the work of photographer Robert Sherman and the assemblage sculptures of Brian Norris.
“Life would just pass in a blur if it weren’t for times like this,” Jim Henson once said of celebrations in the voice of Kermit the Frog. Every moment matters, but milestones are worth commemorating.