GREETINGS KCA MEMBERS AND KISMET HOMEOWNERS
At the Kismet Community Association Fall 2018 meeting my motion to make public all available ways to Access to the Hamlet of Kismet was approved by the board and our membership. When it was requested that this information be added to the KCA website, Marsha Hunter said she would put it to a vote at the fall meeting. That vote did not happen, nor was the information shared with the membership. However, The Town Hall Meeting with Alex Romero, dates and times were time sensitive and needed to be shared so this website was created. It was with much disappointment that our homeowner association president would not post information its membership could use and needs to know. That said, this website contains the information obtained for Kismet Homeowners from Fire Island National Seashore and NYS Park Police. In addition to information on the Pedicab Service from Robert Moses State Park Lot 5 to the old Fire House in Kismet. The Pedicab has been granted a permit to operate ONLY on FINS Land and should not be coming into Kismet.
In October 2019 Superintendent of FINS Alexy Romero and Two of his team Sonia Taiani and Jason Pristupa sat down to a meeting with me to discuss access to Kismet for seasonal residents especially when Ferry Service is no longer offered , key takeaways from this meeting were as follows:
The Pedicab service will have its permits continued and expand the service they operated last year. However, the pedicab will not go past the old Kismet firehouse under any circumstances with a no tolerance policy.
Medical exceptions for driving permits would be considered if living in Kismet full time and the party does not have a driving permit. This is subject to documentation and verification of medical condition and residency status.
The suggestion that a shuttle bus could possibly offer service from Lot 5 to Kismet and other western fire island towns that have no direct ferry service (FOR HOMEOWNERS) was under serious consideration and possibly consistent with striking a balance of to protect our resources, yet provide access to many at one time who desired to use their homes after ferry service ceased.
The request that single use permits be made available for seasonal homeowners to open and close their homes in off seasons be considered has been heard by the FINS team. We can only hope that Superintendent Romero can see that we as property owners deserve more access than currently exists and now be assured that seasonal homeowner voice on this at least has been heard.
We understand the primary objective of FINS is to protect our beautiful shoreline and natural resources. However, we hope there might be some wiggle room to allow additional access to Kismet for property owners. The FINS Management plan calls for striking a balance with Human Activity while preserving natural and cultural resources but access to non-year rounders at this time of year is limited at best.
1How long is the waiting list to apply for a year round Driving permit at this time? There are over 20 names on the wait list for year round residents.
2Can you apply for a year round driving permit if you have not fully relocated to live year round in Kismet or if you are planning or in the process of becoming a year round resident, or would you only be permitted to apply after relocation? You may only apply once you are a year round resident to Kismet or any community on Fire Island.
3Can seasonal property owners apply for permits to check on their properties during a bay freeze over when ferry service is suspended as it was earlier this month? No. The local fire departments do a damage assessment and report to the Chief Ranger.
4What is the fee for a bay freeze over permit? The ice over permits are issued to year round residents and contractors. There is a $50 application fee and the permit costs $75 per week.
5Who may apply for a contractor or Work Permit and what are the requirements of the contractor…License etc.? In order to apply for a contractor driving permit you must submit an application with a $50 application fee (every year) and be placed on our wait list. You must also submit a list of work/clients proving you have year round work as a contractor.
6May a homeowner apply for a work or contractor permit to perform DIY work? No, they cannot.
7What is the timing that a contractor(special use) or work permit may be applied for during the year and does it change if no Ferry service is being provided for passengers? A contractor can submit and application to be placed on the wait list at any time. If the bay freezes, they may apply for an ice over permit
8Can a seasonal Homeowner apply for a permit to transport his licensed contractor for a home improvement or maintenance contract? No
9During an Impending Storm (Hurricane) can a homeowner be granted a permit to drive to their Kismet homes to secure their property board up windows , remove personal items and deck furniture etc. Residents can walk in from field 5 or if ferry service is suspended they can ask neighbors who live on Fire Island for assistance in reaching their home.
10Can Kismet property owners take private taxi or Uber to the checkpoint to access their property if they walk in from there in particular if no ferry service is available or any other time? No, they have to walk in from field 5
11Are there any circumstances other than the aforementioned questions that a seasonal homeowner may obtain a special use permit? There are no circumstances (yet) that I’m aware of for a seasonal homeowner to obtain a driving permit.
FINS is planning more town hall type meetings in the spring and encourage
civic engagement to better understand some of the hardships of living on a barrier island from year-round and seasonal residents. I will post the times and places these meetings will take place as soon as they have been determined or scheduled. I would implore seasonal residents who desire more access to attend these meetings and express their opinions.
PARKING AT LOT 5 ROBERT MOSES STATE PARK
A PERMIT IS AVAILABLE TO PARK FROM OCTOBER 1 ST UNTIL MARCH 31ST. FOR $400 THIS ALLOWS FOR UNLIMITED PARKING DURING THAT TIME , A Sticker is supplied.
these permits are valid in lot 5 or Captree state parks as well
During this same time 10/1 till 3/31 you may apply for permits to park in lot 5 for 1-2 days the fee is $30 per night. The maximum available is 2 nights per permit application but they do not limit how many applications are made.
Two utility bills, electric , water , direct tv, fios, etc that match the owners name or other document that show name of property owner and address such as mortgage statement or tax bills or receipts.
ICE OR FREEZE OVER PERMITS FROM FINS
Currently these permits are only available to year round residents However we have asked if they could be made available to seasonal property owners if the possibility of freeze over exists or an emergency is declared to protect ones property.
The fee for this type of special use permit is $75 weekly.