As summer heats up so does the drama from ornery homeowners to spiteful investors.
Homeowners Lash Out
The president of the Fire Island Pines Property Owners Association (FIPPOA) issued a report calling the former site of the Pavilion an “eyesore.” It looks like the honeymoon is over for the re-envisioned Pavilion–homeowners want action. FI Ventures told the New York Times last month work on the site would begin in June; hoping to have the deck completed by midsummer for outdoor events.
As you can see from the picture above, there is not much activity going on at the Pavilion site, a stark contrast to the six people diligently working on the LaFountaine Building behind the Pavilion plot. HWKN in an email assured markatlarge, “the piles for the foundation are being staked out as we speak.” I do see some orange flags in the ground, but a frustrated Fire Island resident told markatlarge they did not see any piles or materials for a foundation. Something smells fishy, and it’s not the vomit-covered boys in Speedos clawing their way out of the bushes from a night of debauchery either. Stay tuned – we will keep you posted.
Rebuking FIP Ventures was not the only order of business at the FIPPOA meeting. Party impresario Josh Woods’ request to have a beach party in July was rejected. Reason (per the board minutes): It would disrupt the home owners. Real reason (also, per the board minutes): It would be in direct competition with the Pines Party. You would think FIPPOA might suck it up this year given the lack of entertainment options this season. But no! Greed wins the day. A co-chair of the Pines Party estimated the event will rake in at least $60,000 in profit. I think we know which reason was of deepest concern.
Is someone trying to put a damper on the highly successful Ascension weekend? The multi-party weekend, promoted by the former owner of 80% of Fire Island Pines’ commercial properties, Eric Von Kuersteiner, includes a VIP party, pool party, T-Dance and a beach party. This year, however, might be a party short. The house that held the very popular T-Dance for the past two years is being rented by one of the current investors of FIP Ventures, Seth Weissman. Weissman and a group of investors purchased the Fire Island commercial properties from Von Kuersteiner over two years ago. Multiple sources allege Weissman only wanted that house for his summer share and would not give it up over Ascension weekend so Von Kuersteiner can have his T-Dance. The broker on the deal was Jon Wilner. If you ask me, Weissman and Wilner are walking a tightrope. If there’s one thing the gay boys don’t like it’s someone messing with their parties.
*** UPDATE: Fire Island: War in Progress UPDATE ***
UPDATE: Homeowner makes a statement
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