Long-Awaited FIMP Project Taking Significant Steps Forward | Congressman Lee Zeldin

Long-Awaited FIMP Project Taking Significant Steps Forward

July 18, 2021
Press Release
Op-ed by Congressman Lee Zeldin

For over half a century, Long Islanders have pushed for much-needed environmental and infrastructure fixes that the Fire Island to Montauk Point (FIMP) project will now provide. The massive FIMP project would provide essential dredging and shoreline projects spanning 83 miles of Long Island coastline.

The project also includes a variety of coastal and wetland restoration projects that will use the natural environment to reduce flooding, erosion and storm damage, while also preserving the natural environment and habitat for wildlife. FIMP promotes various coastal management initiatives for the bay side of the barrier beaches. 

I am extremely pleased to report that, within the past several weeks, we have seen major milestones and great strides toward getting the long overdue FIMP project underway. By June 28th, Suffolk County and the Towns of Babylon, Brookhaven, East Hampton, Islip and Southampton officially signed Project Partnership Agreements (PPA) to advance FIMP. The agreements have been sent to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) for its review and represent a major milestone for completing the project.

Additionally, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) formally began the bid solicitation processfor initial construction of FIMP. Official bid opening is currently expected to begin on August 3, 2021, after the final PPA is fully signed and executed by NYSDEC and USACE. 

The signing of the PPA and the beginning of bid solicitation are both encouraging signs that this decades-in-the-making effort to preserve, restore and protect the Long Island coastline is finally becoming a reality. My team and I have worked extremely hard on this effort since I first arrived in Congress in January 2015, and I am proud of our successful efforts to secure congressional authorization for FIMP during the 116th Congress, through a December 2020 appropriations package.

These recent milestones for FIMP show what we can achieve when all levels of government work together on behalf of Long Islanders. I am grateful to the Army Corps and all the local stakeholders for their continued commitment to efficiently move forward and complete this undertaking for the good of Long Island’s coastal residents, economy, environment and way of life.

Congressman Lee Zeldin represents New York’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.