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Welcome to the website of the Village of Ocean Beach Environmental Commission (VOBEC). The Incorporated Village of Ocean Beach is the unofficial capital of the half mile wide by 32 mile long barrier beach of Fire Island, just five miles south of Long Island, New York. Fire Island is a unique place. We are a summer resort, but we are also a national park, the Fire Island National Seashore. We have 17 communities, yet we also have long stretches of beautiful beaches, uninhabited wetlands and wilderness areas.

VOBEC hopes that you find our website useful in obtaining information on recycling, finding out about upcoming VOBEC events, glancing at our Fun Facts and tips on what you can do about the environment, and understanding the eco-system of our barrier island.

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We'd love to hear your feedback and suggestions!

Fire Island National Seashore

On June 15, 2015, FINS released its draft General Management Plan / Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/EIS). Download from this link to get the full report:

Once you've read it, your comments are invited on the website. It's your island, so take this opportunity to weigh in on the future of Fire Island.


We strive to educate homeowners and guests alike about
the Village's recycling efforts. » click here for more information

Environmental Awareness Day!
Due to speaker availability, VOBEC has had to post-pone our annual Environmental Awareness Day (EAD), originally scheduled for August 16th.

Please join us on Sunday, September 20th from 11am-1pm in the Community House to join in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of FINS: Looking 50 years back and 50 years forward.

This year's EAD promises to be an interesting and engaging presentation by two well known speakers. Discussing the fight against the Moses road and for a Fire Island National Seashore will be investigative reporter and journalist, Karl Grossman. Dr. Charles Flagg from the Stony Brook School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences will discuss the challenges of Fire Island in the next 50 years. Light snacks will be provided.

On Saturday, May 23, 2015, VOBEC held an informal environmental get together at the Ocean Beach home of VOBEC Commissioner, Diana Hein. FINS Park Ranger Elizabeth Rogers presented the 25 guests with an update on FINS' southern pine beetle suppression efforts and plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of FINS' formation.

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