JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Alliance Defending Freedom)– The city of Jacksonville Beach has agreed to stop discriminating against a Florida church after nearly two years of litigation. A legal settlement allows Church of Our Savior to build on its land and requires the city to pay $290,000 in attorneys’ fees and expenses the church incurred to defend its constitutionally and legally protected freedoms.
Dalton represents the church together with ADF-allied attorney Charles L. Stambaugh of the Jacksonville firm Stambaugh & Associates, P.A.
Last November, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida ruled that the Act prevents the city from discriminating against the church in these kinds of zoning decisions. The city initially appealed the ruling before reversing course and agreeing to settle.
“Church of Our Savior can finally build its church building and fulfill its mission to serve its community,” said ADF Senior Counsel Joseph Infranco. “We hope other cities considering similar zoning restrictions will take note of this decision and ensure that their codes fully comport with federal law.”