Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Street Preacher Denied Preliminary Injunction Against Trespass Policy of Sports Arena

In Lacroix v. Lee County, Florida(MD FL, July 23, 2018), a Florida federal district court denied a preliminary injunction sought by a street preacher who was not permitted to preach on the premises of a county-owned sports arena which was hosting a concert. Plaintiff claimed that the Lee County Special Events Permitting Ordinance, and the trespass policy enforced in connection with special events on county property, violate his free speech and free exercise rights. The court concluded that plaintiff's pleadings failed to show that he meets various prerequisites for standing, and that he does not face imminent irreparable harm.