Islip Residents Up in Arms Over Changes in Reservation System at Atlantique Marina on Fire Island
The Islip-owned Atlantique Marina On Fire Island has implemented some changes to its reservation system starting this summer that has angered local members of the marina. However, Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter is defending the decision to make these changes and says they were made based on feedback from residents of the town.
Among the changes that are affecting local marina members with the implementation of an online reservation system are prices increasing $56 a week for A slip spaces, which are the largest available – from $396 a week to $452. The increase in price includes electric services, although it will be included in the price whether boaters use it or not. In regards to these large A slip spaces, Atlantique Marina members are also upset because of the new rule that permits seasonal rentals of the large spaces, for $6,000, claiming this will take up space usually reserved for the smaller boat owners.
Carpenter says the new changes will only affect a fraction of boat owners with slips at Atlantique; just 29 out of the 157 slips available. She also said the new rule will benefit owners of smaller slips because prices will go down for these slips. Islip residents plan on confronting the town with their opposition to the new online reservation system at the town board meeting on Tuesday, May 24.
Atlantique is in walking distance from Fire Island’s Ocean Beach and Fair Harbor and the town of Islip owns it as a town park. Seasonal marina hours will begin on Memorial Day and end on Labor Day.
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