NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric
T. Schneiderman and John Pavacic, executive director of the Central Pine
Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission, have announced a settlement with
the owners of the Hampton Hills Golf and Country Cub over allegations of violating
state laws protecting the Long Island Pine Barrens.
“Long Island’s Pine Barrens are one of New York’s crown
natural resource jewels – home to thousands of plant and animal species, and
essential to ensuring clean, healthy drinking water for millions of Long Island
residents,” Schneiderman said.
“The owners of the Hamptons Hills Golf Course chose to ignore the law
protecting the Pine Barrens, and this settlement holds them accountable.”
The defendants – Hampton Hills Associates – allegedly violated
the Long Island Pine Barrens Protection Act by developing real estate inside
the “core” preservation area of the Pine Barrens without acquiring the necessary
wavers from the commission. The defendants will pay a $75,000 fine and must develop a plan to revegetate the impacted area.
“We are very grateful for the efforts of Attorney General
Schneiderman in vigorously enforcing the Pine Barrens Act and pursuing a swift
and sure resolution that continues to protect the considerable natural resources
of the Central Pine Barrens,” Pavacic said. “We are confident the penalty
in this case will serve as a significant deterrent in the future for those who
may contemplate violating the act and potentially causing harm to the Pine
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