Ottawa County's parks department bought the 122-acre Holland Country Club in 2008. The county then received a $750,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2010. Part of that money was used to restore 62 acres of golf course turf grass to a more natural state.

According to a White House budget document reported by different media outlets, the president’s budget will include large cuts in the ongoing Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

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Detroit Prep is a top-rated and economically and racially diverse charter school in the city. It's growth means it needs to move out from a church basement and into a new location. Nearby is a former Detroit Public Schools building, sitting empty for years. But, worried about competition, the public school district refused to sell. For years, district and local government officials in Detroit had worked to block public charter schools. They pushed legislation at the Michigan Capitol to hinder them, refused to sell to them, transferred surplus buildings from the district to the city government and imposed deed restrictions on property sales to private developers. All of it was aimed to hinder or even prevent charter school choice outside the confines of the Detroit school district.

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