Is Christmas display naughty or nice? Judge to decide

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – A Florida judge must now decide whether to let a family’s gigantic Christmas display continue or close it as a safety hazard.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that Broward Circuit Judge Marina Garcia-Wood heard closing arguments Friday in a lawsuit filed by the city of Plantation against Mark and Kathy Hyatt.

The Hyatts’ display attracts thousands of guests to their front lawn. The city says the attraction is a nuisance and safety threat as visitors walk between cars parked on a nearby street.

The Hyatts say the display is protected by the freedom of religion. Their attorney, James Helf, told Garcia-Wood that the visitors are orderly. He said the display is for the “betterment of the community.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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