Special series in the Naples Daily News looks at the governmental structure of Ave Maria, FL. It seems Tom Monaghan got the legislature to pass a special law disenfranchising the residents of his holy city.
The law gives Monaghan and Barron Collier Cos. more power than any Florida developer in at least 24 years, power perhaps not seen since the days of the early 20th century land boom. The law makes landowners, not registered voters, the ultimate authority in Ave Maria. The law ensures Monaghan and Barron Collier Cos., as the largest landowners, can control Ave Maria’s government forever.