Mr. Sheer explained that the entire island, a large barrier island just south of Long Island proper, is called Long Beach. However, the City of Long Beach covers a large part of the island, but to the west, Atlantic Beach, and to the east, Lido Beach and Point Lookout -- although physically on Long Beach Island-- are not considered part of the city.
The island's journey from its storied past into its scenic present began with a dream. Former New York State Senator William H. Reynolds (1867-1931), who had previously developed Dreamland, an over-the-top amusement park in Coney Island, wished to transform a then remote stretch of sand into "The Riviera of the East." For several decades, he succeeded in putting Long Beach on the map as a world-class destination, but when the era of the jet plane easily whisked people away to beach vacations in places like Florida, this seasonal resort lost its only-for-the-rich-and-famous cachet. But to this day, Long Beach's sprawling, sugar-fine sands attract a wealth of residents and visitors alike to its idyllic beachside shores.