Saltaire, pop. 43, sees a threat to its independence

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Saltaire is an island community of 43 where bicycles outnumber cars, residents think of Long Island as "the mainland," and every year, a dead dog named Pal never fails to get a write-in vote for the village ...
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Charles Kaufman

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Jun 9, 2008
 
My family has owned a house in Saltaire for around 28 years and my parents have summered on Fire Island, in various communities, for nearly a half entury. I have been deeply involved in many of Saltaire's various communal activities, such as the day camp, the yacht club, and the softball league, since my youth. Saltaire is the most wonderful place on Earth to me and I consider myself a full-fledged Saltaire resident.
For years I have heard constant resentment from the village's "residents" who claim that those who summer in the village are basically transient, insensitive carpet-baggers with no regard or respect for those who live there year-round. This could not be further from the truth.
Of all the communities on Fire Island, Saltaire has perhaps the greatest retention of long-time home-owners, who have held on to and maintained homes for generations. We prohibit group renting in our town, which ensures that a large majority of homes are owned by families as well as owner occupied. Indeed, Saltaire has a communal spirit and breadth of tradition that is perhaps unmatched by any other town on the island and these attributes are carried on by the summer residents.
All who live in Saltaire appreciate those who live in the village year round, many of whom work hard throughout the winter to maintain the village for those who spend the summer out there. Furthermore, we are sympathetic to the isolation and difficult conditions that a winter life on Fire Island brings. We are all neighbors. However, the simple fact cannot be denied that although Saltaire may be seen as catering to summer residents, the village is, essentially, designed to be a summer destination and it is those who summer there who ultimately foot the bill for the village in the end. Therefore, there should be no gripe from those who live there year-round. Saltaire: Pop. 2000
Snoopy

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#71
Jun 9, 2008
 
The Village of Saltaire is paradise - for the employees - where else do you have a municipality where full and part time employees are provided with free housing, free utilities, free ferry fare, full health & pension benefits and various other free perks. Obama promises change - if he can do for all Americans what Saltaire has done for its employyes he's got my vote.
missy tiffany

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Jun 9, 2008
 
tmptjohn88 wrote:
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Have you ever even been to Saltaire before? because from the sound of it you haven't. it is like taking a step back in time, to what this country used to be like. everyone is friendly, and willing to help other people out. yes it is a little on the expensive side for many people, but for those that can afford to live there, they are very lucky to be able to go there during the summer and not have to worry about the things that we do on the main land. I hope that they can remain with the small gov't that they have set up, because if all they need is a security guard, who has no need to cary a weapon, they must be doing something right.
Yes i have lived there how else would
i have known the walk to the fire island and that deer run around,I even saw Geraldine Ferraro's husband the slumlord Zaccky boy in his little boat there.Creeps is the word.
I hate so called privledged by cost
i.e. gated communities.
missy tiffany

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#73
Jun 9, 2008
 
That is the "Fire island" lighthouse.
I hope 35 thousand city people show up
one day to use the beach.
Valerie Beckel Ellner

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#74
Jun 9, 2008
 
Great article about Saltaire, a unique little village.
Valerie Beckel Ellner

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#75
Jun 9, 2008
 
Leave Saltaire alond. It would be a tragedy if it was ruined like the once beautiful Hamptons.

By the way, to the loser who thinks Obama is going to "change" the world, read between the lines and GET REAL.
Life goes on

New York, NY

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#76
Jun 9, 2008
 
We can't all be wealthy and call NYC
people "the city people".lol
Im just wild about harry

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#77
Jun 9, 2008
 
If you only knew the whole story: Harry Baker also posts up the number of days from labor day until all the people come back. I'm sure that he would welcome you into his beautiful home for a cocktail if only you werent such a closed minded and angry individual. Get a life and let the village be!
I Have His Wallet

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Jun 9, 2008
 
Im just wild about harry wrote:
If you only knew the whole story: Harry Baker also posts up the number of days from labor day until all the people come back. I'm sure that he would welcome you into his beautiful home for a cocktail if only you werent such a closed minded and angry individual. Get a life and let the village be!
Glad to see that Harry is not what Newsday insinuated!

Having said that - Saltaire is still full of elitest idiots!!! My guess is that you're one of them - truth hurts doesn't it.
Snoopy

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#80
Jun 9, 2008
 
Harry's one of the best, if not the best thing,that's happened to Saltaire. He keeps the board of trustees advised on how to best address problems with the village infrastructure. He's the watchdog for the village employees when they are napping on the job(which is most of their waking hours). If Harry at times seems angry it's with good reason - the dysfunctional administration of the village,for the most part,ignores his advice.
Theresa

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#81
Jun 9, 2008
 
EastEndResident wrote:
Saltaire is a wonderful community. It is what Long Island has been about and still should be. Not the strip mall and traffic that has become Nassau County. People tend to become jealous when they here about communities on Long Island that have not yet been ruined by development and sprawl. There are many communities here on LI, mostly in Suffolk County that have retained their character despite idiots trying to ruin it. Lets keep them that way and most of all keep them off the radar.
Yes! That's the Long Island I know and love. Live on!
Steve

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Jun 9, 2008
 
I Have His Wallet wrote:
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Glad to see that Harry is not what Newsday insinuated!
Having said that - Saltaire is still full of elitest idiots!!! My guess is that you're one of them - truth hurts doesn't it.
I summered there in my grandparents house for 23 years.. Elitest people there ??
Some

Normal people with consideration??
Almost everyone.

And most Real Rich do NOT Flash their Money at ALL. The real Rich act just like everyone else there.
Down to Earth..There is NO other PLACE like SALTAIRE.Those "Dump Codes" really keep the QUALITY OF LIFE Super Good..
Midtown NY Tenant

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Jun 9, 2008
 
The shrimps are on the bar B.

“Read between the lines”

Since: Mar 07

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Jun 9, 2008
 
missy tiffany wrote:
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Yes i have lived there how else would
i have known the walk to the fire island and that deer run around,I even saw Geraldine Ferraro's husband the slumlord Zaccky boy in his little boat there.Creeps is the word.
I hate so called privledged by cost
i.e. gated communities.
Good thing Saltaire isn't a gated community then like Seaview is
Tick Heaven

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Jun 9, 2008
 
Those poor deer. Are the ticks still the size of grapes?

“That's Un-Possible!”

Since: Jan 08

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Jun 9, 2008
 
Steve wrote:
<quoted text>I summered there in my grandparents house for 23 years.. Elitest people there ??
Some
Normal people with consideration??
Almost everyone.
And most Real Rich do NOT Flash their Money at ALL. The real Rich act just like everyone else there.
Down to Earth..There is NO other PLACE like SALTAIRE.Those "Dump Codes" really keep the QUALITY OF LIFE Super Good..
Don't worry bout that guy. He may have somebody's wallet but it's obvious somebody has his brain.

Guess that's what you might call a petty theft...
Charles

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#87
Jun 10, 2008
 
Sounds like Harry is wasting his life getting all riled up counting the days .Why doesn't he have an exchange living arrangement with someone in Timbuktu for the season.
ohbaby

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#88
Aug 14, 2008
 
Foley is a good example of why the village should be dissolved. He recently joind the circus of a security force there , and already a number of female security personell have quit because of his burtish manner and overt sexual comments to them. No complaint against him has been written up as mandated by federal law.
Newsday praises the saltaire market , yet doesnt mention that the price charged for a newspaper is triple the price (1.50 is charged for a .50 newspaper).
Saltaire was once a village , no doubt , but it has degenerated into a lawyer run loophole finding ,public funds grabbing private summer club.
Do a real story newsday ......
Investigate a bit and you will find its rotten core
ohbaby

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Aug 14, 2008
 
Snoopy wrote:
Harry's one of the best, if not the best thing,that's happened to Saltaire. He keeps the board of trustees advised on how to best address problems with the village infrastructure. He's the watchdog for the village employees when they are napping on the job(which is most of their waking hours). If Harry at times seems angry it's with good reason - the dysfunctional administration of the village,for the most part,ignores his advice.
keeps real good watch , umm , yeah , keeps them close too , half the time they are hanging out at his place , drinking it up
ohbaby

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#90
Aug 14, 2008
 
Yeah , Harry also gets a yearly paid trip to florida to "attend erosion seminars" Someone should follow him in one of his village paid trips , right into the strip joints"

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