Lawsuit to bring cross back to Dewey Hill dismissed

Posted at 3:21 PM, Jun 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-09 15:26:54-04

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – The effort by a group of people seeking to restore the cross on Dewey Hill in Grand Haven has been dismissed by a judge.

The “Citizens of Grand Haven” had filed suit against the City of Grand Haven for placing limitations on Dewey Hill and closing it as a public forum.  The group though was seeking to continue with the suit without disclosing individuals names.  Three others had joined in the suit, but wanted to remain anonymous as Jane Doe 1 & 2 and John Doe.

Judge Jon Hulsing ruled today that the suit could not proceed under “pseudonyms” and that the “Citizens of Grand Haven” did not have the legal standing to file such a lawsuit.  Hulsing ordered the case dismissed as his final order that closes the case.

Dewey Hill had been the site of a Christian cross.  It was removed after complaints and has been replaced with an anchor.

Click here to read the complete ruling:  Dewey Hill Opinion