Mediterranean Fiasco Should Be a Lesson

The saga of public ownership of the Mediterranean Restaurant property in Belmont County finally is over. Last week, it was sold at auction – for just $49,500.

That is a far cry from the $185,000 spent nearly a decade ago when the property was bought by the now-defunct Belmont County Committee on Aging. Since then the property has been little more than an expensive headache for county officials.

County commissioners have been trying to unload it for some time. At least they managed to net the county Senior Services agency some money.

At the time of the Committee on Aging purchase, criticism of it was dismissed.

It turns out the critics were right to urge caution in considering the property. The Mediterranean should serve as a warning to local government officials everywhere to be more careful in spending the public’s money.