Cadalzo v. Point Pleasant Beach (Cadalzo I)

On September 16, 2010, the ACLU-NJ filed a lawsuit against the borough of Point Pleasant Beach to challenge its longstanding practice of having the borough clerk recite the Lord's Prayer and make the Sign of the Cross at its municipal council meetings. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of resident Sharon Cadalzo, who regularly attended council meetings. After sitting through the government-led prayer numerous times, Cadalzo raised her concerns with the former and current mayor, but the prayer practice continued. Only after filing suit did the borough abandon the practice and adopt a new policy. On October 22, 2010, the ACLU-NJ agreed to dismiss the lawsuit after the borough agreed that it would not reinstitute its practice.

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