Atlantic Beach, in some respects, was created out of nothing a relatively short time ago. The village occupies the western end of the barrier island dominated by Long Beach. But until about 100 years ago, the island existed first as a sandbar. Freeport developer Stephen Petit dredged tons of sand from the bottom of Reynolds Channel onto the sandbar during the 1920s to create Atlantic Beach. Petit's aim was to build a quiet ocean resort . For a few years, beach clubs turned a profit, but most collapsed along with the stock market in 1929. By then there was a bridge to the rest of Long Island and a handful of year-round homes.
Photo: A threatening morning on the restless Atlantic.