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City of Hollywood, Florida

The Chabbad Lubavitch Synagogue in the residential community of Hollywood, Florida began a battle with the City of Hollywood in 2001 regarding a zoning issue: neighbors complained about noise, traffic and trash and demanded the house of worship be re-located. The Synagogue alleged discrimination and a federal court found the city of Hollywood's code unconstitutional. The city of Hollywood has agreed to pay the Synagogue $2 million and allow it to stay at its current location, and it won't require a special permit that allows religious groups to operate in a residential zone. The city must also comply with the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000, which prohibits governments from making land use and zoning decisions that discriminate against religious groups. (Jun-26-06) [LOCAL 10 NEWS]


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Published on Jun-27-06


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