Pagans May Receive Right to Worship in FL

January 5, 2004

Source: The Pensacola News-Journal

On January 5, 2004 The Pensacola News-Journal reported, "A compromise between Santa Rosa County and a local Wiccan church might be near. It could allow church members to worship in a residential area and defuse a potential religious freedom dispute. County Commissioners are scheduled to hear an appeal from the church over a denied permit at 6 tonight. The Zoning Board of Adjustments denied a conditional-use permit request by the church in November to allow a place of worship in a residential area. Commissioners could decide a conditional-use permit is not required for the church to conduct its meetings, which church officials describe as little more than get-togethers with outdoor worship."