Nothing they can do now, it’s no longer theirs…..

Earlier this month officials with the Washington D.C., government informed the manager of the historic Eastern Market flea market that it would be taking over operation of his business.

Mike Berman has been operating a flea market in a D.C. school yard for nearly 20 years, but two years ago, the school began plans to be demolished for new construction, and he was forced to move operations elsewhere.

At the time, the city, under the administration of Democratic Mayor Vince Gray, struck an agreement with Berman’s Diverse Markets Management and another market operation, the Washington Arts, Antiques, Crafts and Collectible Associates Inc., that would allow the two markets to continue operation during construction on a closed section of the city street alongside Eastern Market.

The original agreement with the city allowing the markets to operate expired July 31, 2015, at which point Berman asked the D.C. Department of General Services (DGS) for a two-year extension.