Church offers settlement
Westgate Tabernacle Church offered to settle its dispute with Palm Beach County this morning, as a jury was about to begin considering the case that could decide the fate of the unlicensed homeless shelter.
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The church agreed to drop its suit if the county would agree to a number of conditions, including:
■Paying the church $500,000.In return, the church would agree to limit the number of homeless sleeping there nightly to the number allowed by the county fire code — a limit the county says would be 27. More than 100 people have slept at the church in recent nights.
■Dropping all liens and fines.
■Working with the Tabernacle to secure federal funds.
Jury deliberations were put on hold while county attorneys considered a response to the offer.
Read the Palm Beach Post story here.
Update:The South Florida Sun-Sentinel has a slightly different take on the settlement offer. Read it here.