Fort Myers

Florida Man Says Eviction Stems From Santeria Religion

A Florida man claims he is being evicted from his apartment because he practices the Santeria religion.

The Fort Myers News-Press reports that 68-year-old Mamberto Real is fighting his eviction from a local senior complex by going to court.

Housing authority officials declined to comment on Real’s specific case but said there is a process to deal with tenants who may become disruptive or cause problems.

Real says he simply wants to practice his religion. Santeria has African and Cuban roots. Practitioners often use icons or statues for purposes such as warding off evil.

Real has two sugar cane stalks in front of his door for just that purpose.

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