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Pinelands commission: no soccer tourneys at farm

5-15-14

HAMMONTON, N.J. (AP) — A youth soccer tournament may have to move to another site after the Pinelands Commission barred it from hosting games on a southern New Jersey turf farm.

The South Jersey Elite Barons Soccer Academy predicts it would prevail in court if the dispute gets that far, but hopes things can be resolved before then.

The group hosts tournaments where about 2,000 people attend at the Tuckahoe Turf Farms in Hammonton, inside the ecologically protected Pinelands zone.

The commission says the area is zoned only for low-impact recreation.

But league attorney Robert McKinley says the very turf the kids play on is later scraped up, rolled off and sold commercially, wondering how kids playing on it can possibly hurt the area.