Juan Non-Volokh and Ann Althouse have both written of Tom Monaghan’s plan to move his Ave Maria Law School to a town in Florida – a town where he owns everything. Monaghan, you may remember, is not only the founder of Domino’s Pizza, he is also the founder of the Thomas More Law Center, which is attached at least informally to the Ave Maria Law School. He is from Ann Arbor and these operations are currently located there, but he plans to move them to a new town outside of Naples, Florida, which he will call Ave Maria Town. I’m with them, this sounds downright creepy and cult-like:
“We’ll own all commercial real estate,” [Tom Monaghan, founder of the school and of Domino’s Pizza] declared, describing his vision. “That means we will be able to control what goes on there. You won’t be able to buy a Playboy or Hustler magazine in Ave Maria Town. We’re going to control the cable television that comes in the area. There is not going to be any pornographic television in Ave Maria Town. If you go to the drug store and you want to buy the pill or the condoms or contraception, you won’t be able to get that in Ave Maria Town.”
It seems that many people within his law school are also upset about this. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. It certainly seems like the kind of town that Robert Bork, a member of the Ave Maria board of directors, ought to like.