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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

January 6, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The crosses at the center of controversy in Albany, have come down.  

Businessman Peter Studl, who owns the Exchange building at the corner of Washington and Broad Avenue in Downtown, removed the crosses Tuesday morning.

He says he took the crosses down because Christmas is over, and he has other plans for the roof of that building.

Studl was cited last month by the city, because code enforcement officers say the crosses violated the sign ordinance and posed a safety hazard.

There still may be a legal challenge on the horizon. Albany's city manager is considering whether he'll still require Studl to appear in Municipal court, but hasn't made a decision yet.

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