Another one of the desperate arguments put forth by the tiny band of supporters of the golf course at Fort Sheridan is that, failing to build a golf course and therefore “violate” the restrictive covenant to do so, the Secretary of the Army will “take the land back.” This argument is further expanded to suggest that the Army will then build military housing on this land or a noisy factory or some other land use that we would all agree is objectionable. In other words, we will all rue the day we didn’t just accept the golf course.
So notice to everyone: the US government doesn’t want the land back. Moreover, when Congress passed the Military Construction Appropriations Act which transferred this land from the US government to the Lake County Forest Preserve government, they stipulated that this land should be to “ensure the continued protection and enhancement of the open spaces of Fort Sheridan.” That’s the law. So let’s put that straw man to rest.