of The Villages-News
By Wayne Anderson
Published January 22, 2020
The battle over the little white cross displayed on thousands
of homes across The Villages appears to have come to an end.
The Villages appears to have dropped the deed-restriction
enforcement against Wayne and Bonnie Anderson, of Tamarind Grove. It appears The
Villages has thankfully had a change of heart.
With this apparent end of the controversy, the Andersons want to tell Villagers
far and wide, thank you so much for all your prayers and support during this
And what an ordeal it was.
Here’s a look back. The Villages took action last summer against the Andersons,
ordering them to remove their little white cross from their property or face
dire financial consequences.
The Andersons respectfully declined, holding firm to their convictions of faith
and their legal right to display a “reasonable” yard ornament under state and
This little white cross is on display at the home of
Wayne Anderson in the Village of Tamarind Grove.
After hearing from over 100 Villagers at a public hearing
last August, the District 8 commissioners unanimously voted for an immediate $50
fine, and another fine of $25 a day until it reached $1,500 and then they would
place a lien on the Andersons’ property.
Community Standards sent punitive bills, and the Andersons turned to the famed
American Center for Law & Justice, where President Trump’s personal lawyer Jay
Sekulow is chief counsel.
The ACLJ stepped in to defend the Andersons. The national firm contacted The
Villages, informing them the Andersons have the legal right to reasonably
display their little white cross and spinning parrot on their private property.
After a short exchange of legal discussion, The Villages declined to respond
further to the ACLJ. Thus, it appears they have happily closed the case.
To date, more than 38,000 crosses have been distributed throughout The Villages.
Ironically, they are made in The Villages’ carpenter shop.
Some Villagers have told the Andersons they should comply with the deed
restriction because they signed a “contract” with The Villages when they moved
in. But the unreasonable yard-ornament ban in the contract does not comply with
homeowners’ protections under state and federal law, so this part of the
contract is not “enforceable.”
It’s also noteworthy, after the contentious public hearing, a board member
expressed that he wished a commission of homeowners and officials could be
formed to end the controversial deed restriction and the hated
The Andersons wholly wish the same and stand ready to serve The Villages and all
its residents in that spirit expressed in the Bible: “Come, let us reason
For more information, please contact homeowner Wayne Anderson at
In addition, Villagers may also contact the American Center for Law & Justice at