Pizza Mogul Orders Town, University
Domino's founder courts controversy with new Florida development
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Jul 19, 2007 11:19 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Ten years in the making, Ave Maria University and the eponymous town built around it by Domino's Pizza founder Tom Monaghan will open Saturday. Monaghan is a devout Catholic, and the university—and to some extent the town—will reflect that. Intended as what Monaghan calls a "fresh, faithful voice" in Catholic education, the project has been controversial.

The Florida ACLU has threatened to sue over the town's discouraging merchants from selling birth control. The president of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities told USA Today, "This is his dream, fueled by his money and his vision. There are people who admire him … and others who feel he ought to have more humility about it all."