Another reason never to visit Florida again:
A FORMER marine who was raised by nuns and made a fortune selling pizza has embarked on a £230m plan to build the first town in America to be run according to strict Catholic principles.
Abortions, pornography and contraceptives will be banned in the new Florida town of Ave Maria, which has begun to take shape on former vegetable farms 90 miles northwest of Miami.
Tom Monaghan, the founder of the Domino’s Pizza chain, has stirred protests from civil rights activists by declaring that Ave Maria’s pharmacies will not be allowed to sell condoms or birth control pills. The town’s cable television network will carry no X-rated channels.
Source: Sunday Times
I can hear the lawyers licking their chops now, lining up to be the first to sue on behalf of the ACLU…
Florida is home to another contested town you may have heard of, Celebration – developed by the Walt Disney Company.
As with many subdivisions, a person who buys a home in Celebration must sign a thick binder of “covenants” which protect the ‘feel’ of the community: for example, you must keep your lawn mowed; you aren’t allowed to park a boat or an RV in front of your house for more than a few hours; there are rules on what kinds of ‘for sale’ or political signs you’re allowed to display; there are restrictions on putting birdbaths, lawn gnomes, or pink flamingoes in your front yard. One unusual aspect of Celebration’s rules, however, is that you must have approval from the town’s architectural board before you paint your house a different color or put up a fence.
One peculiarity of the town early on was that it was run by The Celebration Company, a fully-owned subsidiary of the Disney Company, rather than by elected officials. The result of this has been that some decisions made on behalf of the residents of the community were made with Disney’s profits in mind rather than the townspeople’s desires – for example, the downtown area contains several shops selling collectibles, but no gas station or video rental store. This problem is going away as residents have gained elected positions on the board of the Celebration Residential Owners’ Association, and as Disney diminishes its role in the town.
I don’t know which town is worse.