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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.

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  1. SR

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

    • New Person

      Ditto! Congrats!

      Way to be a beacon for all those that need help to get help to move back into society again in a, hopefully, more constructive way!

  2. Bill

    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…

  3. Tim in WI

    THE LAW!
    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?
    FAR TO MANY!

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