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Businessman says people are supportive of Crosses

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

January 1, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany businessman, ticketed for displaying three crosses on top of a building, is digging in his heels and now says he may leave up the crosses permanently.

Peter Studl owns the Exchange Building at the corner of Broad and Washington in downtown Albany. He put three 15-foot tall crosses on top of the building as Christmas decorations. The city ordered them removed December 26th, saying they violate the sign ordinance and could fall and hurt someone.

But Studl disagrees and apparently, so do a lot of you. "People have been, without reservation, unanimously supportive," he said.  "I've gotten calls from people I didn't know before."

Studl has been ordered to appear in court January 22nd. He faces a fine and even jail time if found guilty of violating the ordinance.

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