FL: Wakulla County to pay $160,000 to settle lawsuit with City Walk Urban Mission

[wtxl.com – 9/22/20]

WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — A federal court in Tallahassee has ruled that City Walk Urban Mission can again operate in Wakulla County and can open up three other transition homes within the county.

Tuesday, the court approved a settlement between the organization and the county. The county agreed to settle the case for $160,000.

In addition to the $160,000 Wakulla County agreed to pay to settle, the county also agreed to allow City Walk to establish up to three other transition homes in the county. City Walk is required to notify Wakulla County when a new facility is being opened and/or closed.

The organization was barred from operating in the county after receiving citations for violation of Section 5 of the Land Development Code. Under that code, three or more people who are unrelated cannot live in the same home.

In May, City Walk sued Wakulla County to continue their ministry, which is open to registered sex offenders. Back then, attorneys with the law firm representing City Walk, Dalton & Tomich, told ABC 27 the housing of sex offenders is a right by law but, for some in the area, it’s raising concerns.

Because they are even open to registered sex offenders they’ve drawn the ire of some in the community, and unfortunately that’s put City Walk in the position where they are faced with being shut down by the county through zoning enforcement,” said attorney Noel Sterett back in May.

Read the full article



Related posts

Notify of

We welcome a lively discussion with all view points - keeping in mind...


  1. Your submission will be reviewed by one of our volunteer moderators. Moderating decisions may be subjective.
  2. Please keep the tone of your comment civil and courteous. This is a public forum.
  3. Swear words should be starred out such as f*k and s*t
  4. Please stay on topic - both in terms of the organization in general and this post in particular.
  5. Please refrain from general political statements in (dis)favor of one of the major parties or their representatives.
  6. Please take personal conversations off this forum.
  7. We will not publish any comments advocating for violent or any illegal action.
  8. We cannot connect participants privately - feel free to leave your contact info here. You may want to create a new / free, readily available email address.
  9. Please refrain from copying and pasting repetitive and lengthy amounts of text.
  10. Please do not post in all Caps.
  11. If you wish to link to a serious and relevant media article, legitimate advocacy group or other pertinent web site / document, please provide the full link. No abbreviated / obfuscated links. Posts that include a URL may take considerably longer to be approved.
  12. We suggest to compose lengthy comments in a desktop text editor and copy and paste them into the comment form
  13. We will not publish any posts containing any names not mentioned in the original article.
  14. Please choose a short user name that does not contain links to other web sites or identify real people
  15. Please do not solicit funds
  16. If you use any abbreviation such as Failure To Register (FTR), or any others, the first time you use it please expand it for new people to better understand.
  17. All commenters are required to provide a real email address where we can contact them.  It will not be displayed on the site.
  18. Please send any input regarding moderation or other website issues via email to moderator [at] all4consolaws [dot] org
  19. We no longer post articles about arrests or accusations, only selected convictions. If your comment contains a link to an arrest or accusation article we will not approve your comment.
ACSOL, including but not limited to its board members and agents, does not provide legal advice on this website.  In addition, ACSOL warns that those who provide comments on this website may or may not be legal professionals on whose advice one can reasonably rely.  

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Fantastic! Glad they won. The haters can choke on it.

That is wonderful news! I hope that drives Ron Book to drink even more so his liver would fail or run into a tree or something…

Section 5 of the land development code.
Naturally I was wondering how the hell AND who the hell would write a law like it!
Naturally enforcement was always going to be impossible without having reasonable basis.
Cohabitation OK, but poly habitation is an unlawful?
How many indefensible laws are in place without facing constitutional scrutiny?