Pensacola fights court order to remove 34-foot cross

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) – A Florida city is fighting to keep a 34-foot cross in a park after a judge ordered it removed.

Pensacola officials announced Friday they will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that the cross be removed because it is a religious symbol on public land.

The concrete cross has been in the city’s Bayview Park since 1969.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sued the city on behalf of four people, demanding the cross be removed.

A federal judge sided with the group that seeks separation of religion and government and ordered the cross to come down on July 19.

The city has asked that the order be suspended while it appeals the ruling, saying it would cost $7,500 to remove the cross and another $10,000 to reinstall it if it wins the appeal. 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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