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Mosque height restriction to stand (Whine alert)
Bradenton Herald ^ | 2/2/2005 | Richard Dymond

Posted on 02/02/2005 5:54:38 PM PST by 4.1O dana super trac pak

A U.S Department of Justice investigation has turned up no evidence that Sarasota County violated the law in restricting the height of a local mosque.

The ruling came in a letter to the Sarasota County Attorneys office.

"The Department of Justice has now completed its investigation," wrote Steven H. Rosenbaum, Chief of the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section in the Civil Rights Division. "We will be taking no further action on this matter."

The investigation came after Sarasota County turned down the request of the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton for a 64-foot dome on its proposed new mosque, said Gary K. Oldehoff, Sarasota assistant county attorney.

The mosque would be located at 4350 Lockwood Ridge Road, site of the present, smaller worship center.

The county did approve a 40-foot dome, five feet above the county's height restriction of 35 feet, but not 64 feet, Oldehoff said.

"We are certainly pleased with the result," Oldehoff said. "I think what we demonstrated to the Justice Department was that the Islamic Center was considered like any other house of worship in the county."

The Justice Department ruling is disappointing, said Ahmed Bedier, communications director for the Florida Office of the Council of American-Islamic relations.

"This would have been a non-issue had it been a church or synagogue," Bedier said. "No one would have objected to it."

The Islamic Society now must decide to accept the county's approval to build a roughly 14,000-square foot facility with a 40-foot dome or consider another site, Bedier said.

"I think they will go ahead and build at the smaller height," Bedier said. "their current structure cannot accomodate their growing community."


TOPICS: US: Florida
KEYWORDS: cair; churchandstate; firstamendment; landuse; mosque; propertyrights

1 posted on 02/02/2005 5:54:38 PM PST by 4.1O dana super trac pak
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To: 4.1O dana super trac pak

Damn infidels, "heads should roll" over this!!


2 posted on 02/02/2005 5:59:11 PM PST by Luigi Vasellini
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To: 4.1O dana super trac pak
I wonder just how much these people cost us tax payers in their constant need to have us justify every decision they don't want to hear?
3 posted on 02/02/2005 5:59:48 PM PST by mammer
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To: 4.1O dana super trac pak

Why don't we just get some bulldozers and finish it off for them and then send them back to where they came from?


4 posted on 02/02/2005 5:59:57 PM PST by Brian328i
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To: 4.1O dana super trac pak
What the hell are they complaining about now? They want to put the damn thing up in the middle of a residential area. There is nothing other than single family homes, and down the road to the south are 2 or 3 little shops. These guys need to move their cult building out to Arcadia or Zolfo Springs. HA HA HA



TPD
6 posted on 02/02/2005 6:03:26 PM PST by ThreePuttinDude (Plumbers for Bush....We flushed the Johns)
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To: 4.1O dana super trac pak
"I think they will go ahead and build at the smaller height," Bedier said. "their current structure cannot accomodate their growing community."

That's the scary part. Is the growing community Christians who have denounced their faith and changed to Muslim?...hahahaha!...It's influx of Muslims through the Statue of Liberty (legal)?...hahahaha!....we all know what it is, and we better halt it real soon, or we'll all be speaking a form of Arabic with a french accent.

FMCDH(BITS)

7 posted on 02/02/2005 6:06:48 PM PST by nothingnew (CNN REPORT: Judge says ready to sit for 6 month Jackson trial: God help us!)
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To: nothingnew

I know where that is! My parents live not too far away. Interesting -- they haven't mentioned anything about it. I'm thinking I'll ask them after the State of the Union speech. They live across the street from one of Katherine Harris's staffers -- maybe that person will know something.


8 posted on 02/02/2005 6:08:19 PM PST by kellynch (Whining about income inequality is a cop-out. -- Walter E. Williams)
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To: ThreePuttinDude

Did they want it gold leafed too?


9 posted on 02/02/2005 6:09:58 PM PST by 4.1O dana super trac pak (Stop the open borders death cult)
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To: ThreePuttinDude

Mosques are ugly and they bring down property values. The neighbors should sue the Muslims for reduction of value and sue the city to reduce their property taxes.


10 posted on 02/02/2005 6:12:29 PM PST by henderson field
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To: henderson field
Mosques are ugly

Does that include the Alhambra?

12 posted on 02/02/2005 6:31:01 PM PST by opinionator
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To: henderson field; 4.1O dana super trac pak
The property they are trying to develop, right now is about a 10 acre track. The one building that seems to be their main office/church/whatever is a single story, about 1600 or so square feet. It is surrounded by a dilapidated stockade fence. It basically looks like crap.

These cultists need to stay up in Temple Terrace and Tampa. We don't want them down here.

13 posted on 02/02/2005 6:33:18 PM PST by ThreePuttinDude (Plumbers for Bush....We flushed the Johns)
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To: opinionator

Good point and a beautiful edifice. What about the Haga Sophia, which was a former mosque?


14 posted on 02/02/2005 7:14:04 PM PST by retarmy (Been there, done that, and have the scars to prove it. . .)
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To: A_Conservative_Chinese
Welcome to FR, A_C_C! D'ya know where I can get a good, used Bofors or Howitzer?

The only answer to these junk-joints is to knock them down before they put the loudspeakers on top..............FRegards

15 posted on 02/02/2005 7:45:40 PM PST by gonzo (My eyes always water when I'm having sex.....It's probably that damned pepper spray........)
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To: 4.1O dana super trac pak

Dang - I hate it when I forget to spur the poster...........FRegards


16 posted on 02/02/2005 7:46:54 PM PST by gonzo (My eyes always water when I'm having sex.....It's probably that damned pepper spray........)
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Dang - I hate it when I forget to spur the poster...........FRegards


17 posted on 02/02/2005 7:47:22 PM PST by gonzo (My eyes always water when I'm having sex.....It's probably that damned pepper spray........)
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To: henderson field

Well yeah. Nothing like putting up a building which represents terrorism. Of course its going to diminish property values.


18 posted on 02/02/2005 7:49:05 PM PST by taxesareforever
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To: 4.1O dana super trac pak

I think they shouldn't be allowed to build it at all, it'll just be another viper's pit.


20 posted on 02/02/2005 8:06:27 PM PST by swmobuffalo (the only good terrorist is a dead one)
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The county did approve a 40-foot dome, five feet above the county's height restriction of 35 feet, but not 64 feet, Oldehoff said.

Do any FReepers live in the county who could oppose the 5-foot overage? If the rule is 40 feet that should be the limit. Anyone with a few hundred bucks could likely delay the construction for another year or two in the courts.

21 posted on 02/02/2005 10:22:36 PM PST by montag813
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To: 4.1O dana super trac pak
Mosques have to be taller than other buildings, because Muslims have to be better than infidels, Arabs over blacks, men over women, etc.

It's Islamofascist chauvinism.

23 posted on 02/02/2005 10:35:02 PM PST by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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