Thursday, August 28, 2014

AFP: Pinelands Body's Anti-Soccer Stance 'Absurd'

Americans for Prosperity-New Jersey state director Daryn Iwicki took aim today at the Pinelands Commission for contending that youth soccer games violate the land’s deed restriction.
“The Pinelands Commission claiming that kids playing soccer violates the land’s deed restriction and would constitute more than ‘low-intensity recreational use’ is absurd beyond belief,” criticized AFP state director Daryn Iwicki.
“I thought this was what open space preservation was supposed to be for—for recreation and so kids could have a place to play,” said Iwicki. “Assemblyman Fiocchi said it right yesterday. What possible environmental harm could come from letting kids play soccer on this land?”
“This is a great example of just how extreme the environmental movement, and how irrational and out of control bureaucracies like the Pinelands Commission, have become,” Iwicki charged. “This isn’t about the public good. It’s about blocking progress and allowing bureaucrats to dictate to us how we can or can’t use our land even to the point of telling kids they can’t play on it.”
“This should give pause to anyone who thinks the state should be allowed billions of dollars to grab thousands more acres of land in New Jersey, especially when almost one-third of our land area is already off limits and controlled by government,” Iwicki concluded.
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