"John Doe" Not A Resident Of Dixie County
Dixie County officials say the "John Doe" who filed the complaint against the ten commandments monument in front of the Dixie County Courthouse, doesn't even live in Dixie County.
Since a federal judge ruled that the monument be moved, residents have asked "John Doe" to come forward, but "John Doe" lives in North Carolina.
The person responsible for challenging something Dixie County residents say they're raised on, passed through the county years ago. According to the ACLU, "John Doe" visited, looking to buy property, but turned away, after he was disturbed by the county's preaching of religious doctrine.
It's his complaint, that may remove what residents consider the core of their values, as well as others like it in North Central Florida.
Those born and raised in Dixie County, rallied today to say they aren't going down with a fight. The ACLU complaint states "John Doe" was injured, by being prevented from using the county facilities necessary to his property search and those injuries will continue as long as the monument remains in front of the courthouse.
Identical monuments sit on the front lawn of Chiefland City hall and to the side of the Levy County Courthouse.
Chiefland City Manager, Grady Hartzog, says, "we all originated from that and its too bad that the times have changed that people are just ignoring the faith of the word."
ACLU communications director, Derek Newton, said, "we believe they will be a similar fate and that is that a judge will order them to be removed also."
Chair of Levy County Commission, Danny Stevens, says "we will do everything within our powers to keep what it is that we currently have here."
Dixie County Attorney, Jennifer Ellison, will be presenting alternatives to commissioners tonight. They have 30 days to decide whether or not they will appeal the ruling.
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