Property Grunt

Monday, February 27, 2006

A place that Mel Gibson can call home: Domino's Pizza founder creating all Catholic town

Religion, real estate and pizza. What's not to love?

According to this article this town will the ultimate haven for Catholics.

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.

Not suprisingly this has ruffled some feathers.

Yet civil rights activists and other watchdogs concerned about the separation of church and state are threatening lawsuits if Ave Maria attempts to enforce Catholic dogma. Environmentalists have also complained the town will restrict the habitat of the Florida panther, an endangered species.

But I don't think the founder of 30 minutes or less or its free could care less. Afterall Jeb Bush is giving his blessing to the new development.

The land on the western edge of the Everglades swamp will eventually house up to 30,000 people, with 5,000 students living on the university campus. Florida officials have declared the project a development bonanza for a depressed area, and Governor Jeb Bush attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the new university earlier this month.