The Fire Island Pines Property Owners' Association (FIPPOA) was incorporated in 1953 to assume responsibility for the community’s property, and through the years the association’s role has expanded to become the recognized local government representing the interests of Fire Island Pines with federal, state, Suffolk County and Town of Brookhaven officials and agencies. With more than 500 members, FIPPOA is led by elected officers and a board of directors who oversee the operations of the community and help protect the fragile ecosystem of a barrier island. FIPPOA operations include the Pines Harbor and Marina, which the association owns and from which it derives a substantial portion of the association’s income. Among the many responsibilities assumed by FIPPOA are beach erosion protection, harbor maintenance and beautification, safety and lighting, and operation of the post office. The association coordinates with other local government agencies for boardwalk maintenance, waste collection and mosquito control as well as negotiating contracts for passenger ferry and freight services. In addition, FIPPOA serves as liaison with electric, telecommunications and water utilities and the Suffolk County Police.