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Judge clears way for ice rink plan at Strawbery Banke
The city's planning board still needs to approve the project, known as "Puddle Dock Pond," at the non-profit museum.
Jeff Keefe, a co-chairman to the Puddle Dock Planning Committee, said in a released statement that he was pleased with the judge's decision.
"We hope that the opposition will accept this ruling," he said. "We would like to thank the many members of the community who came forward to help defend Puddle Dock Pond. Their financial support was critical in our ability to defend this project. We will continue our progress through the site review process with the city of Portsmouth."
On June 18, the Portsmouth ZBA granted variances for the skating rink to operate during the winter months. Several residents objected to the project at that public hearing, court papers say.
Strawbery Banke Museum President Lawrence Yerdon praised the work from volunteer boards and city departmental staff who worked "to ensure Portsmouth's quality of life is both inclusive and vibrant."
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