Village of Collier residents unhappy about being forced to remove little white crosses

Village of Collier residents are unhappy about being forced to remove little white crosses from their yards.

They spoke out Thursday afternoon before the Community Development District 10 Board of Supervisors.

“We don’t think this is right. We don’t consider these crosses to be yard ornaments, like birds, or turtles or gnomes,” said Jean Herrick, who lives on Neaptide Path.

District Counsel Valerie Fuchs said that CDD 10, as a government body, has to remain “content neutral.”

That notion did not sit well with Herrick’s neighbor.

“It’s what we fought for, so that we could have our crosses,” said Steve Schabowski, who wore a U.S. Army hat as he spoke at the podium

Residents noted that anonymous complaints could come from anyone, even renters.

“Very little we can do about that,” said CDD 10 Chairman Don Wiley.

He also noted that that broad classification of “lawn ornaments” can be frustrating. He noted that a Village of Hemingway couple is fighting to keep an American flag classified as a lawn ornament.

“Trying to pick and choose is something we are not set up to do,” Wiley said.

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