Bandits league drops appeal

PHILADELPHIA — After a nearly six-month struggle to build a 35-acre sports complex along CR 250W near Spring Lake, the Indiana Bandits youth baseball league has abandoned its plans.

The league dropped its appeal of an August ruling by the Hancock County Board of Zoning Appeals overturning county planners’ previous decision that the four-field complex was an allowable use under the county’s land-use ordinances.

Though he confirmed the league would no longer pursue plans for the complex across from Spring Lake, league president Ron Roberts declined to comment on the organization’s future plans.

Attorneys involved in the legal action either could not be reached for comment or declined to comment.

Spring Lake resident Pat Haley, who became the leader of a grassroots effort to oppose the sports park , said the most recent development in the controversy was gratifying.

“We are very pleased with the outcome,” Haley said. “Obviously, we were prepared to go the distance if we needed to, but now we can get involved in the possible future for that property.”

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