Dewey Hill lawsuit dismissed

Dewey Hill cross
The controversial cross on Dewey Hill in Grand Haven. (Courtesy photo)

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — It looks like the cross will not be going back up on Dewey Hill in Grand Haven.

An Ottawa County judge dismissed the lawsuit against the City of Grand Haven on Tuesday, ruling that the city couldn’t be forced to display the cross.

A group of residents filed the lawsuit after the city council voted to remove the cross from Dewey Hill after a complaint.

The lawsuit claimed removing the cross violated their religious rights. They wanted the judge to force the city to put the cross back up.

The judge declined, siding with the city that argued it should be able to decide what goes up on city property.

The Dewey Hill cross has stood overlooking the Grand River on summer Sundays since the 1960s. Opponents said it was inappropriate for the religious symbol to stand on city-owned land and were prepared to sue. Before they got the chance, the city decided in January to change the cross into an anchor.

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