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Old 04-14-2010
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Does anyone know if grills, open fires or camping are allowed on the beach off Old Field Point Port Jefferson?

This is the anchorage area immediately off to the right after you pass through the breakwater or channel. (Conscious Bay)

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On Long Island we've found that using charcoal grills is not generally liked by officials, but if you discreetly hollow out a firepit between the low and high water marks on the beach, and use charcoal and grills to keep it contained, the official who might appear doesn't seem to do much about it - it gets tolerated. Maintaining a refined atmosphere (drinking Long Island white wine instead of brew from Pennsylvania, for example) may also help. Camping is generally not allowed on the beaches. Camping gear might get confiscated - much more hassle than tossing the grills back into the dinghy and pushing off. You can check the websites of the various towns for specific rules. I believe the beach there may be part of the village of Old Field, which seems to be part of Setauket or East Setauket. The Suffolk County Police will likely be in charge since the villages may not be big enough to support their own police departments. Old Field does have regulations that state that open fires are not permitted on their beaches. Our club has an annual outing to Asharoken, further West, where we cook on the beach as outlined above and are careful to clean up nicely after ourselves.
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I have seen campers chased from the beach on the other side (Mt Misery Cove).
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Open fires are pretty restricted even in camp grounds on LI

Camping is REALLY restricted outside of campgrounds

The grill thing is a big issue and hurts a LOT of people, my son was and EMT at one of the LI beaches and treated a HUGE amount of burns from AZZHATS leaving behind burning traps
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Old Field has constables, or something like them. The east side of the harbor mouth is county parkland, the west may be also. Check google maps. Then look for Suffolk County's website, parks department.
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Last I heard you weren't to be trusted with fire or open flames of any sort. Did Denby get that restriction lifted for you??? He's got connections with the local fire officials I hear...

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Does anyone know if grills, open fires or camping are allowed on the beach off Old Field Point Port Jefferson?

This is the anchorage area immediately off to the right after you pass through the breakwater or channel. (Conscious Bay)

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The trick here is the term 'open fires'. I have lit some beach fires on Lloyd Neck on the Sound side and gotten away with it. It is pretty rural over there. Only once did the local police come and ask us to put out the 'open fire' - a nearby resident complained. I doubt you would get away with an 'open fire' anywhere around Port Jeff for very long.
OTOH, if you brought along one of those small Weber charcoal grills and used that for cooking and/or a small fire I am pretty sure you would be compliant with the fire codes as it would not be an 'open fire'.
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I would just use a small grill. Worst that happens is they ask if you could put it out, and hopefully that will be after you cook dinner.

camping is most likely not allowed.
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