WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. --
The founder of Domino's Pizza is backtracking from earlier comments he made about wanting strict Roman Catholic principles to govern a new town he's bankrolling in southwest Florida.
Thomas Monaghan is financing the town of Ave Maria, which is located about 25 miles east of Naples. The town is being built around Ave Maria University, which is the first Catholic university to be built in the United States in four decades, and is also founded by Monaghan. Both are set to open next year.
Monaghan said Friday on ABC's "Good Morning America" that he has a vision for the university -- not the town -- and that he's trying to make the institution world-class.
His comments are in contrast to statements he made last year, when he said that pornographic magazines won't be sold in the town, pharmacies won't carry condoms or birth control pills, and cable television won't carry X-rated channels. Monaghan said Friday that those comments were "out of place" and added that the town is open to anybody.
The community will be set on 5,000 acres with a European-inspired town center. It will encircle a massive church and what planners call the largest crucifix in the nation, standing nearly 65 feet tall.
Monaghan has already pledged more than $250 million to the project.
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