Winter Storm Juno hurt business when it hit the New England region during the last week of January. The New England Regional Turfgrass Show, held at the Rhode Island Convention Center, from Monday, Jan. 26, to Thursday, Jan. 29, will be filing a claim with its insurers for projected losses caused by the blizzard.
John Clark, president of the New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation (NERTF), says, “It is our goal to do the right thing and come to an amicable resolution for everyone involved.”
On Jan. 25, blizzard warnings were issued for the New England region and a Rhode Island state of emergency was declared the next day. Governor Raimondo imposed a 20-hour travel ban in the area in response to the blizzard.
The night before the show began, NERTF released a modified trade show schedule cancelling certain educational sessions and receptions. The entire show itself was closed on Tuesday, Jan. 26, the day the storm was forecast to begin, and opened late the next day as heavy wet snow continued. Pre-conference seminars on the 26th and the trade show on the 29th were the only days that went on as scheduled.
NERTF purchased insurance knowing a January show meant weather could change at any moment. The show’s financial information has been gathered and reviewed and the NERTF will submit a claim to the insurance company for projected losses caused by winter storm Juno. Council has also been retained to review the claim and assist during the process.