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New Catholic university planned near Naples

The founder of Domino's Pizza announced plans Wednesday to build a Roman Catholic university and college town in southwest Florida.

Tom Monaghan, in partnership with developer Barron Collier Cos., plans to build a town, Ave Maria, as a 5,000-acre community surrounding the 750-acre Ave Maria University near Naples.

Monaghan is pledging at least $220-million to the venture.

Monaghan, 65, long active in Catholic causes, sold Domino's Pizza in 1998 and founded Ave Maria College in Michigan the same year. Ann Arbor officials in April rejected his request to expand the college, which led to his plan to move it to Florida.

_ Staff, wire reports

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