Fishers Island Seagrass Management Coalition

NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2021

August 4, 2021

Dear Fishers Islanders:

As we now turn to the back half of summer and return to enjoying Fishers the way we are more accustomed to – please also be safe! It is tedious to constantly send safety reminders, but it appears to again be necessary, so please take note of these important points.

Roads, Rec. Path and Speed

Speeding and reckless driving continue to be a problem, in spite of deliberate and coordinated efforts by several community organizations to keep our residents safe. FIDCO reserves the right to revoke East End access from anyone who speeds or otherwise violates NYS laws for private roads, the FIDCO guidelines governing Stickers and Guest Passes, or the Rec. Path rules.
Please be responsible for yourselves and considerate of your neighbors by:

Ø Obeying Speed Limits – 30 MPH on the main roads, 15 MPH on the dirt roads, and 12 MPH on the Rec. Path
Ø Leashing and Picking Up after your Dogs – on all roads, including the dirt roads and Rec. Path, beaches and beach paths, and
Ø Please be reminded, per NYS Department of Motor Vehicles regulations, Scooters and Motorized/Electric Bikes are not permitted on any FIDCO roads or the Rec. Path

Additionally, the Rec. Path Foundation would like to remind everyone that Helmets are mandatory for children 14 and under – and strongly recommended for all riders. We were recently reminded of the importance of helmets after a very experienced rider had a scary accident, and was only able to walk away because he was wearing a helmet. Finally, please make sure to use your bike bell when passing someone on the Rec. Path – they are free at the Gate House!

Beaches

The beaches have been a spectacular reprieve this summer, and continue to be enjoyed without any capacity restrictions. Please remember that the beaches do not have lifeguards and therefore any swimming is at your own risk. FIDCO is not responsible for any injury or harm that occurs on the roads, beaches, or Rec. Path as set forth in FIDCO’s Waiver and Release.

Beach parking areas at Chocomount and Isabella have been expanded over the past couple of years and are clearly labeled – as are the Fire Lanes. Anyone illegally parking in a Fire Lane will automatically lose beach parking privileges for 2 weeks, and may also have their Sticker revoked and be fined.

Guest Passes

As a reminder, there is a change to the Guest Pass policy this year. Holders of Residential Vehicle Stickers only may request a Guest Pass for a household guest for up to a maximum of 7 days/year and for a cost of $50/pass. Holders of Commercial Vehicles are not eligible for Guest Passes unless they are also island residents with a valid Ferry Resident ID Card. Guest Passes may be requested and picked up at the Gate House, and a FIDCO Waiver and Release must also be signed by the houseguest. The Guest Pass will be registered to a specific vehicle, and once that vehicle exceeds 7 days, a full-priced Sticker will need to be purchased in order to continue to access the East End.

Please note that Renters (on either the East or West End) are not considered household guests, no matter the duration of the rental. All island Renters who wish to access the East End must purchase a Renter Sticker and sign the FIDCO Wavier and Release.

Golf Carts

NYS Law requires that Golf Carts may only be used on the FIDCO roads if they are officially registered with an automobile license plate, and may only be operated by a licensed driver.
Please Slow Down, and help us all have a safe and happy summer.


Thank you,

Amelia Gary

NEWS June 2021

I hope you all enjoyed Memorial Day weekend, even in the relentless rain. As we turn towards a new season, please take note of the following important reminders for all islanders, so that we can make it a successful summer.

Roads and Speed

Speed and reckless driving continue to be a problem, in spite of deliberate efforts to keep our community safe on the East End. FIDCO reserves the right to revoke East End access from anyone who speeds or otherwise violates NYS laws for private roads, the FIDCO guidelines governing Stickers and Guest Passes, or the Rec. Path rules. So, please be responsible for yourselves and considerate of your neighbors by:

  • Obeying Speed Limits: 30 MPH on the main roads, 15 MPH on the dirt roads, and 12 MPH on the Rec. Path
  • Utilizing your mandatory Bike Bell on the Rec. Path when passing
  • Leashing dogs on all roads, including the dirt roads and Rec. Path, and picking up after them

Additionally, and as per NYS Department of Motor Vehicles regulations, Electric/Motorized Bikes and Scooters are not permitted on any FIDCO roads or the Rec. Path.

Beaches

NYS reopened beaches over Memorial Day with social distancing guidelines in place, and expects to allow 100% capacity by July 4th. As such, the beach restrictions of last summer will no longer be necessary. However, please remember that the beaches do not have lifeguards and therefore any swimming is at your own risk. FIDCO is not responsible for any injury or harm that occurs on the roads, beaches, or Rec. Path as set forth in FIDCO’s Waiver and Release.

Beach parking at Chocomount and Isabella has been expanded over the past couple of years and is clearly labeled – as are the fire lanes. Anyone illegally parking in a fire lane will automatically have their Sticker revoked.

Guest Passes

Please be reminded of the change to the Guest Pass change this year. Holders of Residential Vehicle Stickers only may request a Guest Pass for a household guest for up to a maximum of 7 days/year and for a cost of $50/pass. Holders of Commercial Vehicles are not eligible for Guest Passes, unless they are also island residents with a valid Ferry Resident ID Card. Guest Passes may be requested and picked up at the Gate House, and a FIDCO Waiver and Release must also be signed by the houseguest. The Guest Pass will be registered to a specific vehicle, and once that vehicle exceeds 7 days, a full-priced Sticker will need to be purchased in order to continue to access the East End.

Please note that Renters (on either the East or West End) are not considered houseguests, and therefore are not eligible for Guest Passes, no matter the duration of the rental. All island renters who wish to access the East End must purchase a Renter Sticker and sign the FIDCO Wavier and Release.

Ponds

Please be reminded that it is important to respect the posted restrictions regarding restricted access to the ponds, including Middle Farms and Treasure ponds – including that no boats, kayaks or paddleboards, etc. are allowed. Protecting the island’s ponds is critical to the integrity of the public water aquifers, and ensuring a clean water supply.

Please Slow Down and help us all have a safe and happy summer!

Thank you,

Amelia Gary

IMPORTANT REMINDER ABOUT WALKING ON THE GOLF COURSE

NOVEMBER 1–MARCH 1

The Fishers Island Sportsmans Club leases the golf course and other club lands from FIDCO for shooting during the offseason, November 1-March 1. For safety purposes please, call or text Luis Horn at 860-389-5400 before venturing onto the property. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Habitat Restoration Project  

On January 1, 2020,  the Fishers Island Conservancy, in partnership with FIDCO, began a small habitat restoration project on the East End near Middle Farms. The roughly three-acre parcel is bordered on the northeast by Cedar Ridge Road and on the southwest by East End Road. In the fall of 2018,  this area was the touchdown point of an F1 tornado. The parcel was covered with many broken locust and cedar trees as well as invasive plant species such as Chinese privet, buckthorn and bush honeysuckle. Our first step was to rid the plot of these plants. As of now, most of the vegetation has been cleaned up and the area is nearly ready to be planted with a native grassland and wildflower mix from Ernst Seeds of PA. There will also be site-specific tree plantings of Oak, Cherry, Cedar and possibly Chestnut, which are native species to the island. A curtain “wall “of the preexisting vegetation will remain along East End Rd as the rest of the parcel grows in and then will be removed at a later date. Again the Conservancy is proud to be working with FIDCO with this small but very important piece of habitat restoration as the Fishers Island Conservancy celebrates its 35th year.


COYOTES ON THE ISLAND

Many of us have seen the coyotes on the island.  We would like to share this information on Best Management Practices for Coexistence with Coyotes.   Please click the link below to read the recommendations.

Best-Management-Practices-for-Coexistence-with-and-Management-of-Coyotes