Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Spring Ridge Club Sued - Rich Not Amused

Previously we posted about the exclusive Spring Ridge Club in Pennsylvania. $71,000 will get you a membership and allow you to fish several private rivers including the Little Juanita River. However the PA. Fish and Boat commission is seeking an injunction against the privatized of the river by the club and are basing their claims on its prior use as a navigable waterway that allowed the settlement of the area back in the 1800's. Navigable waters in the state of Pennsylvania are owned by the state and cannot be designated as private..

Judith Heberling’s testimony could be key in the attempt by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and other state agencies to convince Huntingdon County Judge Stewart L. Kurtz to issue an injunction against a members-only fishing club. (Link)

According to the article the crux of the Spring Ridge Club's argument is that the river is not now used for transport and that the waters are at best only navigable during the Spring.

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