Welcome to the website of the Village of Ocean Beach Environmental Commission (VOBEC). The Incorporated Village of Ocean Beach is the unofficial capital of the half mile wide by 32 mile long barrier beach of Fire Island, just five miles south of Long Island, New York. Fire Island is a unique place. We are a summer resort, but we are also a national park, the Fire Island National Seashore. We have 17 communities, yet we also have long stretches of beautiful beaches, uninhabited wetlands and wilderness areas.
VOBEC hopes that you find our website useful in obtaining information on recycling, finding out about upcoming VOBEC events, glancing at our Fun Facts and tips on what you can do about the environment, and understanding the eco-system of our barrier island.
If you don't find what your looking for, send us an email at VOBEC.FI@gmail.com. We'd love to hear your feedback and suggestions!
NEW YORK STATE BAG LAW
Effective March 1, 2020, all plastic carryout bags are banned throughout the state (with limited exceptions). Cities/counties may charge 5 cents per paper bag, Suffolk County already has a 5 cent fee per bag in place.