The power of government can be instructive AND abusive.
When an operation hosted in publicly owned property is as successful as what might be considered only in ‘wildest dreams,’ it is then eyed with a lust that is found only within the failure of bureaucracy.
I’ve seen it first hand. In Grand Traverse County in 2010, a highly successful baseball program run by veterans was quite literally confiscated, and taken over by the landlords. An empire building, bureaucratic strategist, coupled with a misunderstood management glitch in the popular 62 year old program opened the door to it being taken over by the county.
The PRIVATE program which began more than a half century earlier by veterans building ball fields was summarily sequestered because the landlord didn’t like the way ‘management’ of the program was operating. The county board was convinced to back a parks decision to take the program away from the vets, and the participation dropped by 30%.
In the end, a newly elected county board (including myself) in the beginning of 2011 convinced enough of the old to give it back. In the end as well however, we should note that it was a government entity (the parks department) trying to justify its existence, (programming beyond rental of properties) show a profit (a stated argument during the takeover) and be a controlling authority.