Partner William F. Harrison, Chair of Genova Burns’ Environmental Law and Land Use & Approvals Law Practices, was quoted in a July 12th Law 360 article entitled, “Soccer Games In Protected Pinelands Get NJ Court's OK.” The article discusses the implications of an NJ Appellate Court ruling against a pair of environmental groups challenging the approval of organized soccer tournaments on a sod farm in the state's protected Pinelands region. The three-judge panel said a 2016 amendment to the law governing the use of the Pinelands invalidates their arguments.
The panel affirmed a trio of approvals by the Pinelands Commission concerning development applications by Tuckahoe Turf Farm Inc., the operator of a sod farm under fire from the Pinelands Preservation Alliance and NJ Conservation Foundation for holding soccer tournaments on its land in Atlantic and Camden counties. This ruling is a victory for Tuckahoe in a dispute dating back to 2013, when the Alliance and NJCF first complained to the Commission about soccer tournaments taking place on the company’s farm.
Tuckahoe Counsel Harrison told Law360 that “it was clearly a correct decision” for the Court to rule that the use of the turf for soccer activities was part of the company's marketing strategy, as it promoted its sod for athletic purposes.
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