SALT LAKE CITY — Mayor Rocky Anderson on Tuesday said he would keep the sidewalks through a Mormon-owned Main Street plaza open to free speech, in compliance with a ruling by a federal appeals court.
In a 22-page memo released Tuesday, Anderson also said he would not renegotiate the contract in which the church bought the property in 1999. The city kept an easement for public access, and the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that people using that easement retained their free-speech rights.
Anderson said he was compelled to agree with the court's ruling that the city was responsible for controlling conduct on the public sidewalk, not the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which had imposed a long list of forbidden behaviors.
The mayor's statement came after two closed-door meetings with advisors. The mayor said he would like reasonable and constitutional restrictions on the sidewalk, and would take to the City Council recommendations for so-called time, place and manner rules.