I learned some interesting news this weekend. Maybe 15 years ago, another group of citizens tried to work with the City to make the Bayview cross convertible - so it would not stand year round. Their suggestion was to hinge it or make it removable - same as I suggested before engaging attorneys. How did the City respond? They put it off and said some changes were in the works for the park. Apparently, for the cross, they were:
A NEW, LARGER cross (the one currently in place) was installed!! I now have a public records request in to find out who paid for said newer, larger cross. The current one eclipses the cross alleged to be placed at Calvary. It's about 20 feet tall and quite thick. I suspect it was erected by the City a taxpayer expense. At the very least, they helped. We'll see.
I've also noted that the cross has lighting on it. Recently, it has been turned off - perhaps due to the controversy. I have strong suspicions that the City has been paying to light the cross at night for years. It's just more indication of the privilege and monetary support afforded to Christians by the City of Pensacola.
I've asked the mayor and Parks department (for a 4th time in a month) how one might apply to place another religious monument next to the cross. Still no answer.
Finally, I've made a public request to the City for rental applications for previous Easter celebrations at the cross. I want to be sure the churches who sponsor these events are paying for use of the space and providing liability insurance, cleanup, etc - as every secular group is required to do. If not, the City will have some 'splaining' to do.