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County suit settled

A federal lawsuit brought against the county of San Diego for banning the Vietnamese Buddhist Meditation Congregation's religious use of its property on Camino del Ray in Bonsall was settled Monday by the parties.

The lawsuit, filed on June 3, alleged that the county's cease and desist order issued earlier this year violated the congregation's rights under the First Amendment and the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.

The settlement agreement lifts the cease and desist order and permits the group to continue to meet. The congregation and county will continue processing an application for a major use permit to build a new facility on the site.

"This is a great victory for these monks and those who meditate with them," said Roman P. Storzer, attorney for the congregation. "We applaud the county for agreeing to allow the use to continue."

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