110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Bible Baptist Church members say fear-mongering drives away business in Downtown DeLand
By Jen Horton
posted Feb 10, 2014 - 9:27:59am
Shop owners say business has declined at the corner of New York Avenue and Woodland Boulevard in Downtown DeLand, and some of them blame members of Bible Baptist Church who gather at the intersection to spread the Word of God.
But attorney Jake Jackson, a member of the Glenwood church and a longtime street preacher, offered another explanation: He said his church has been vilified, and that the merchants’ own fear-mongering is the problem.
Jackson said Downtown DeLand business owners perpetuate the lie that the church is obnoxious, dangerous and overbearing, and by doing so drive away their own customers.
At the Feb. 3 DeLand City Commission meeting, Jackson and other members of Bible Baptist Church told commissioners it’s an insult to the police to suggest, as other speakers did, that the DeLand Police Department has allowed dangerous lawbreakers to take over the commercial corner for nearly three decades.
A Downtown museum operator had a different opinion.
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