SAVE SOUTHERN HERITAGE – PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
David McCallister 813-778-1202
LITIGATION CONTINUES DESPITE MUNN PARK MEMORIAL REMOVAL. IF IT PREVAILS, MEMORIAL MAY BE RESTORED
Lakeland – Plaintiffs in the Federal Lawsuit to prevent the City of Lakeland’x removal of the historic Cenotaph to the “Confederate Dead” announce today that the 11th Circuit Federal Court of Appeal in Atlanta will hear the case.
The case had been previously dismissed by the Middle District of Florida based on previous cases on similar issues, however, the plaintiffs believe this case is different than those.
Andy Strickland, President of Veterans Monuments of America, Inc. said “I hope the 11th Circuit listens to the voiceless sounds of the grieving families who lived through America’s deadliest conflict”.
After the lower court dismissed the lawsuit, the City announced plans to extract the memorial from Historic Munn Park beginning on March 26th, despite several polls showing Lakeland voters and residents opposed their plan. Shortly after the decision a 305 unit apartment complex was announced near the site. The City completed the removal last week, ahead of its announced schedule.
David McCallister, attorney for the plantiffs said “the Commissioners’ and Staff’s hasty action puts them in great jeopardy. The Court might make them put it back”.
The Munn Park Cenotaph was the centerpiece of the Munn Park Historic District which is on the National Historic Register. Shortly after the City voted to use red light camera funds to extract the Cenotaph from the park, the City has been moving rapidly on a gentrification plan that, according to some, will remake the character of the quaint historic downtown.
McCallister concluded “in its removal, City jumped the gun on due process.”
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