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Charges against cops of order-obsessed Fire Island village

There are 2 comments on the Newsday story from Mar 27, 2007, titled Charges against cops of order-obsessed Fire Island village. In it, Newsday reports that:

Nicknamed the "Land of No" because of odd ordinances intended to keep order _ it once banned eating cookies on public walkways _ Ocean Beach is a popular Long Island summer resort village and the former setting ...

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Tucson, AZ

#1 Mar 28, 2007
In my wife's family the story goes that Uncle Roger had a fleet of beach taxis (think dune buggies with meters) on Fire Island in the 1940's. Roger had just dropped off some paying passengers across the border in Ocean Beach, aka "The Land of No". Roger was confronted by the OB sherriff about this alleged violation. Words were exchanged and the sherriff drew his gun on Roger who today, in his 80's, is still a large and dauntingly fierce fellow. Roger took the gun from the sherriff and threw it into the Atlantic. My wife's uncle was arrested but the case was eventually dropped through intervention of an inspired lawyer from the firm Siben and Siben (also still around) of Bay Shore who successfully argued that the strip of beach below low and high tide marks was not part of Ocean Beach. Political considerations, always a factor on Long Island, may also have played a part.

Just another day at the beach.

New York, NY

#3 Mar 31, 2007

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