Saving Fire Island from Robert Moses: The Fight for a National Seashore

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With its unspoiled, tranquil shorelines, Fire Island has been an oasis for vacationers for more than 150 years. To the polarizing “master builder” Robert Moses, its coastline was ripe for the construction of an Ocean Parkway extension. Standing up to those ambitions were the seventeen individualistic communities of Fire Island, unified in their love for their sun-washed sandy beaches. To maintain a traditional way of life with limited access to motor vehicles, the community began the fight for federal protection through the creation of the Fire Island National Seashore. Author Christopher Verga presents this triumphant struggle against the Goliath of twentieth-century New York development.
ISBN: 9781467140348
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New York
Images: 68
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Christopher Verga is an instructor of “Long Island History: Foundations of American History” at Suffolk Community College and contributor to the online local news sites Greater Babylon, Greater Bay Shore and Greater Patchogue. His published works include Images of America: Civil Rights Movement on Long Island and Images of America: Bay Shore. Christopher has his educational doctorate from St John’s University. His dissertation work was on Long Island Native Americans and the impact of tribal recognition within their cultural identity.
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