Monday, January 21, 2013
The ban, which targets groups like the Westboro Baptist Church, was passed by Creve Coeur's City Council last week.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger, D-Affton, wants to pass legislation that would restrict funeral protests. (Read Previous Story: Appeals Court Rules Manchester Can Restrict Funeral Protests) Stenger wants legislation that would mirror Creve Coeur's city ordinance which was passed this week by the city council, the Post reports. Last week, Creve Coeur gave final approval to an ordinance similar to Manchester's city ordinance which prohibits protests within 300 feet of a funeral one hour before and one hour after services. It differs in that it includes the phrase "knowingly" to allow that in some cases, a scenario could present itself where someone who lives within the radius described …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The city ordinance mirrors similar legislation upheld in court.
Without fanfare Monday, Creve Coeur City Council members gave final passage to an ordinance to ban protests knowingly taking place within 300 feet of "any residence, cemetery, funeral home, church, synagogue, or other establishment or location during or within one (1) hour before or one (1) hour after any actual funeral or burial service at that place." Ward 2 Councilwoman Tara Nealey proposed the ordinance, after an appeals court upheld a similar law on the books in Manchester. The bill chiefly targets protests by members of the Westboro (KS) Baptist Church, a church which has gained notoriety for protests of military funerals and school events, as signs of its stance against homosexuality. Nealey has previously that the bill is not …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Creve Coeur would be the latest community to pass legislation as a way of curbing protests by the ultra-conservative Westboro Baptist Church.
Creve Coeur City Council members gave first reading Monday to an ordinance which would outlaw protests knowingly taking place within 300 feet of "any residence, cemetery, funeral home, church, synagogue, or other establishment or location during or within one (1) hour before or one (1) hour after any actual funeral or burial service at that place." Ward 2 Councilwoman Tara Nealey proposed the ordinance, after an appeals court upheld a similar law on the books in Manchester. The bill chiefly targets protests by members of the Westboro (KS) Baptist Church, a church which has gained notoriety for protests of military funerals and school events, as signs of its stance against homosexuality. Nealey said Monday the bill is not meant to replace …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Creve Coeur's City Council meets at 7 p.m. Monday.
Monday night, Creve Coeur's City Council will have the first chance to officially discuss the Delmar Gardens rezoning and development plan for Ladue Road. The project, which received a negative recommendation from the city's Planning and Zoning Commission, is scheduled for a first reading at the meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at the Creve Coeur Government Center. As Patch reported Friday, Delmar Gardens officials have requested a 3 month delay for city proceedings related to the project. That time, Delmar Gardens executive Howard Oppenheimer wrote in a letter to council, is necessary to address questions raised by Planning and Zoning members. Residents near the proposed development have also filed a protest over the plan, which would make…
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Both topics will be on the December 10 Creve Coeur City Council agenda.
Two high profile topics expected to be handled during Monday's Creve Coeur City Council agenda were instead not on the agenda. At the request of Delmar Gardens representatives, the Planning and Zoning Commission's vote of a negative endorsement for the company's plans for assisted and independent living facilities and a single-family development on Ladue Road near Interstate 270 was withheld until December 10. The 5-0 P&Z vote earlier this month came as several panelists voiced support for the project, but voted in opposition because it conflicted with goals in the city's Comprehensive Plan. Tuesday afternoon, Delmar Gardens executive Howard Oppenheimer said the firm wasn't prepared to be on Monday's agenda and that while they haven't …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
City Council members voiced support for the legislation during a meeting Monday night.
Armed with a federal court ruling that supports the ability of municipalities to limit protests that would disturb funerals, the city of Creve Coeur appears ready to wade into the debate with a similar ordinance to restrict protests like those held by the conservative Westboro Baptist Church. Westboro church members are known for their anti-gay protests at the funerals of U.S. soldiers, claiming the soldiers' deaths are a result of America's tolerance for homosexuality. They have been known to protest local high schools in the St. Louis area and according to accounts, also came to protest at the Jewish Community Center in 2009. Last month, Town and Country-Manchester Patch reported that the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirmed …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Council members will likely also have discussion about revising Creve Coeur's Comprehensive Plan.
Creve Coeur's City Council meets Monday October 22 at 7 p.m. following a 6:30 p.m. closed work session. On the agenda: Monday's council meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Creve Coeur Government Center.