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National Park Service Bans Alcohol on Fire Island Beaches

Fire Island Alcohol Policy

The National Park Service is banning alcohol on all federal lands between the communities of Atlantique and Corneille Estates in the Fire Island town effective August 1, 2014.

The alcohol bans are due to what federal officials are calling "visitor use impacts."

“It’s about protecting the resource and protecting its recreational value, not only for park visitors, but the community as well,” Chief Park Ranger Ronald Michael told The Post.

Drinking is already banned on Islip-run beaches, so that's why partiers go to adjacent federal shores.

Drinking is not banned on other federally-owned Fire Island National Seashore beaches.

Until recently, East Hampton was the only municipality on Long Island's east end to allow alcohol on the beach.

The main issue is, “These people are not picking up after themselves,” said Islip Town Councilman John Cochrane. “They’re going to the bathroom on people’s lawns. It’s just mayhem.”

The litter problem became so bad that it took park service staff members three to four hours to clean up the beaches. “It’s progressively gotten worse,” Councilman Cochrane said.

The new federal regulations will also help prevent accidental drowings in Fire Island waters that are due to alcohol abuse. There were 56 rescues at Town of Islip ocean beaches last summer. Officials say they suspect some were alcohol-related. There been 41 rescues this year at town-owned beaches.

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