Like you needed one. Already home to the country's scariest city, Celebration --- "the first planned community developed by The Walt Disney Company" --- Florida is getting another Stepford-like hamlet. (And that's leaving out Orlando).
Welcome to Catholic heaven:
Abortions, pornography and contraceptives will be banned in the new Florida town of Ave Maria, which has begun to take shape on former vegetable farms 90 miles northwest of Miami.
Tom Monaghan, the founder of the Domino’s Pizza chain, has stirred protests from civil rights activists by declaring that Ave Maria’s pharmacies will not be allowed to sell condoms or birth control pills. The town’s cable television network will carry no X-rated channels.
The Florida developers managing the project claim more than 7,000 people have already expressed interest in buying homes in the town. Retailers and other businesses are reportedly close to leasing 60% of the intended commercial space.
Lawsuits appear inevitable once the new town begins functioning in 2007, but Monaghan believes he has more than the law on his side. "I think it’s God’s will to do this," he said.
Wonder how the new residents of Ave Maria will handle their state's nickname, "America's wang."