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Plovers’ return complicates cleanup on Fire Island

Storm debris must go before beaches close

Old refrigerators and stoves, rotting wood, sheet rock, and vegetation make up the mammoth amount of Superstorm Sandy debris waiting to be hauled off Fire Island, the 32-mile-long barrier island east of New York City that is a vacation destination for tens of thousands every summer.

Homeowners and businesses are anxious to prepare — and repair — ahead of the vacation season but one visitor’s planned arrival is creating an even more pressing deadline.

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