Millions of dollars and many years later, it’s clear Big League Dreams Sports Park has become a nightmare for League City taxpayers. We’re far past the we-told-you-so stage.

What’s needed is a remedy that puts the least strain on city finances and the least burden on taxpayers, while salvaging a facility residents and visitors can use and without sacrificing a breathtaking public investment that never delivered on its promises.

 Laura Elder: 409-683-5248; laura.elder@galvnews.com

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Jim Casey

Galveston County is littered with public-private partnerships that looked like The Next Big Thing, and ended up disused if not abandoned, costing the taxpayers every step of the way.

Government needs to be very careful about getting into partnerships that involve taking on public debt, building infrastructure, or giving tax breaks. Perhaps more careful than part-time city councils are capable of being.

Chuck DiFalco

Agreed, Mr. Casey. i hope this League City Council is up to the task.

Chuck DiFalco

You are quite right on so many points, Ms. Elder. I fear that the current operator can declare bankruptcy and walk away without liability, leaving the taxpayers holding the bag. I hope the current League City Council and staff can "end the taxpayer nightmare" as you say, without another bad deal for taxpayers. The original municipal bond issue to pay for this Field of Dreams, unless it has been refinanced appropriately, still has about 15 years left at one million dollars per. The land value alone could be worth more than that. League City needs to play hardball for any future deal.

Robert Braeking

This type of facility should not be considered without a commitment from an anchor franchise, such as a baseball farm club. There needs to be a permanent draw that pays the rent. Also the construction along I-45 and Calder road hasn't helped access to the facility. How could the contractor not realize that this is a hurricane zone? Could there have been lack due diligence on the part of city council for not inserting a clause in the contract that points this out especially when accepting bids from out of region contractors? Public/private partnerships are almost always a losing proposition for the taxpayers. Can you say 'Astrodome'?

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