This hit the Catoosa News a few weeks ago, but it was recently picked up by 11Alive in Atlanta. The City of Fort Oglethorpe placed a “cricket pitch” (10 foot by 30 foot slab of concrete) on the historic polo field near the Chickamauga Battlefield in 2007. A group of “cricket enthusiasts” approached the city about creating the play area, and the city agreed to pour the concrete. Well, one city resident, Ms. Sharon Anderson who lives next to the polo field, is upset with the concrete slab and cites the city charter, amended in 1996, that says that the city cannot build anything new on the polo field. The city disagreed, and the whole thing went to court.
So, the jury ruled in favor of the plaintiff, Ms. Anderson, and said that the city will need to tear out concrete slab and pay $80,000 to cover Ms. Anderson’s legal bills. So, I guess this will thwart the thriving cricket community in Northwest Georgia, right?
In court, testimony revealed there had been exactly one cricket match on the sight in five years.
Perhaps not. The city plans on appealing the verdict, but I wonder if they’ll be exercising in a futile fight.