Field Day Environmental Challenge Thrown Out
Although the star-studded Field Day Festival remains in limbo, a suit claiming the event would harm the environment in host city Riverhead, N.Y., has been thrown out of the New York State Supreme CourAlthough the star-studded Field Day Festival remains in limbo, a suit claiming the event would harm the environment in host city Riverhead, N.Y., has been thrown out of the New York State Supreme Court. The Long Island Pine Barrens Society alleged that the influx of thousands of people to the festival grounds at Enterprise Park next weekend (June 7-8) would threaten the nesting period of a species of sparrow.
"This is an amazing win for Field Day," event executive producer Andrew Dreskin said in a statement. "Not only did the judge review our environmental documents and find them solid, but he also reviewed our transportation, security, medical, and sanitation plans, and found them solid, professional and workable."
"We are delighted and are seeking to move forward quickly to insure that the music will be heard at Field Day and that we can receive our permits in the days to come," Dreskin continued.
Field Day, which is set to feature performances by Radiohead, Beck, and the Beastie Boys, is not in the clear just yet. Organizers still need to secure a mass gathering permit from Suffolk County as well as the town of Riverhead, a decision on which is expected tomorrow. Photos on the Field Day Web site show that large stages have already been set up on the festival grounds.