Major Milestone Reached for Fire Island to Montauk Point (FIMP) Project | Congressman Lee Zeldin

Major Milestone Reached for Fire Island to Montauk Point (FIMP) Project

July 10, 2020
Press Release
Army Chief’s Report Signed

PATCHOGUE, NY - Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) announced the Fire Island to Montauk Point (FIMP) project is moving forward following this morning’s signing of the Report of the Chief of Engineers, which signals a significant milestone in the approval process. The Chief’s Report is now transmitted to Congress for additional authorization and funding. Federal funding was previously authorized for the completion of the reformulation study and to complete reformulation initial construction, including both stabilization efforts, at 100% federal cost. 

FIMP is an over $1 billion project that includes funding for essential dredging and shoreline projects spanning 83 miles of coastline, 80% of which is in the First Congressional District. It 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 and provides various coastal management initiatives for the bay side of the barrier beaches.

“The Fire Island to Montauk Point plan is vital to our local environment, economy and coastal way of life, and the wide-spread devastation in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy emphasized the dire need to ensure our communities are prepared for the future,” said Congressman Zeldin. “FIMP started as a vision over a half century ago and now it is becoming a reality. Since coming to Congress, I’ve worked closely with the Army Corps of Engineers and Department of the Interior every step of the way to ensure local projects are prioritized. The approval of the Chief's Report on FIMP is great news for our local shorelines and for Long Islanders. I thank the Army Corps for their continued hard work on this vital project and look forward to continuing to help move FIMP over the finish line.” 

The proposed FIMP project recommends the following:

  • Inlet Sand Bypassing along Fire Island, Moriches and Shinnecock Inlets.

  • Mainland Nonstructural measures, primarily structure elevations and building retrofits for 4,432 structures within the 10-year floodplain, with ring walls (a walled structure encircling a home) for 93 structures, and localized acquisition in areas subject to high frequency flooding with the reestablishment of natural floodplain function.

  • Breach Response on Barrier Islands. 

  • Beach and Dune Fill on Shorefront - with renourishment approximately every 4 years for up to 30 years after project completion.

  • Feeder beach construction every 4 years for up to 30 years at Montauk Beach. A feeder beach is an artificially widened beach that nourishes down-drift beaches.

  • Adaptive management to ensure volume and placement configuration accomplishes the design objectives of offsetting long-term erosion.

  • Groin Modifications - Removal of the existing Ocean Beach groins.

  • Coastal Process Features for 12 Barrier Island and two mainland locations. Sediment will be placed along the Barrier Island bayside shoreline over the project life to reestablish the coastal processes consistent with the objective of no net loss of habitat or sediment.

  • Integration of Local Land Use Regulations and Management.