The Fire Island Pines Property Owners' Association 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.
The Pines Foundation is a Section 501(c)(3) affiliate of the FIre Island Pines Property Owners Association and is dedicated to preserving, protecting and enhancing the quality of life in the environmentally-sensitive community of FIre Island Pines. Whyte Hall, the Fire Island Pines community center, is owned and operated by the Foundation and plays a central role in providing services and cultural activities to residents and visitors. The Pines Party, the Foundation’s major annual fundraiser, is a legendary all-night party on the beach and the premier event on the community’s summer calendar. A portion of the proceeds of the Pines Party are earmarked for the FIPPOA Fund of the Stonewall Community Foundation. Since 1999, over $1.2 Million in grants have been awarded through Stonewall's FIPPOA Fund to 26 gay and lesbian organizations serving the New York community.