Sounds like a party town.... Inside the town that Domino's built: How the pizza chain's founder established Ave Maria, a Florida community called a 'Catholic's paradise' To those that live there, it is said to be a little slice of heaven hidden away in southwest Florida. But to others, Ave Maria Town - a planned community on the outskirts of Naples, built by Domino's founder Tom Monaghan based on strict Catholic ideologies - is a society that practices too much of what the controversial former pizza CEO preaches. In announcing his plans for the town in 2004, Monaghan, a one-time seminarian, said: 'There is not going to be any pornographic television in Ave Maria Town. If you go to the drug store and you want to buy the pill or the condoms or contraception, you won't be able to get that in Ave Maria Town.' While Monaghan took back the statements as the town took shape - after he donated $250 million to the cause - the now-fully-functional hamlet says it is open to all, but still appears to be wholly religious-centric, according to Business Insider. +12 Slice of heaven: Ave Maria, a planned community for Catholics built on the outskirts of Naples, Florida, is the brainchild of Tom Monaghan, the former Domino's CEO and onetime seminarian +12 Ave Maria, designed as a family-friend college town 40 miles from Naples, sprung up in the southern part of the Sunshine State after the Florida legislature created the Ave Maria Stewardship Community District +12 The centrepiece of the community, which is still under development, is a large church, the facade of which displays sculptor Marton Varo's 30-foot-tall sculpture of the Annunciation, depicting the Archangel Gabriel greeting the Virgin Mary with the words 'Ave Maria' (Hail Mary) +12 While the developers of the town have ambitious plans, which include the construction of even more high-end homes, top-notch infrastructure and schools, Ave Maria still has a long way to go +12 Ave Maria sits on about 4,000 acres of land, and the plan is to build about 11,000 homes. As of 2015, 720 houses had been built +12 For the developers of the town, the idea was to attract college students and families by creating excellent schools and a safe environment At the center of the town is the Ave Maria Oratory, the only church in the community. The facade displays sculptor Marton Varo's 30-foot-tall sculpture of the Annunciation, depicting the Archangel Gabriel greeting the Virgin Mary with the words 'Ave Maria' (Hail Mary). The $24 million landmark building received an architecture award from the American Institute of Steel Construction in 2008. There are over 720 homes that have been built around the Ave Maria University, according to 2015 figures. The parochial school opened in 2003- with Monaghan serving as president until 2011 - and Ave Maria Town subsequently sprung up around it. Ave Maria has since been billed as a safe haven for students and families, and boasts both an 18-hole golf course and a water park exclusive to residents. But the town’s only OB/GYN reportedly refuses to prescribe contraception to women, Daily Kos previously reported. There are also no pharmacies birth control can be purchased, and no clinics or hospital that perform abortions. However the town has said there are no current bans on contraceptive medication. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been critical of Ave Maria since it was developed, questioning whether its existence was unconstitutional, Business Insiderreported. However, no case has been successfully filed against Monaghan or Ave Maria, according to the website. +12 'If you go to the drug store and you want to buy the pill or the condoms or contraception, you won't be able to get that in Ave Maria Town': Former Domino's CEO Tom Monaghan made these controversial comments in 2004, but later took them back +12 Ave Maria has been described in promotional materials as ‘the best of both worlds -- the great quality of life of Naples and a new dynamic Catholic and educational community' +12 The community, which was originally planned for Catholics as a college town, was built on the outskirts of Naples, Florida, in 2007 +12 Ave Maria Town - a planned community outside of Naples built by Domino's founder Tom Monaghan - is wholly religious-centric and unconstitutional, critics say Ave Maria sits on about 4,000 acres of land, and the plan is to build about 11,000 homes. So far, 500 dwellings have been erected, according to Naples News. For the developers of the town, the idea is to attract college students and families by creating excellent schools and a safe environment. In testimonials on Ave Maria's website, the town has been described as being centered on Christ. 'In Ave Maria, It’s politically correct to say, “Merry Christmas!” to my customers or anyone I meet on the street and they always say, “Merry Christmas!” back,' gushed Chelsea Allan, a mother of ten and one of the first homeowners in town who operates a religious gift shop. In their testimonials, Richard and Suzanne Dionne compared their life in Ave Maria to the way 'Jesus, Mary and Joseph lived in Nazareth.' Ave Maria has been described in promotional materials as ‘the best of both worlds -- the great quality of life of Naples and a new dynamic Catholic and educational community.’ The town was designed around Monaghan’s grand Catholic Oratory and Ave Maria University - a small Catholic liberal arts college that was relocated from Ypsilanti, Michigan, which was also home to the first ever Domino’s Pizza. Monaghan, 78, launched what was to become a multimillion-dollar fast food empire in 1960 by buying a modest pizza parlor called Dominick’s Pizza for $900. +12 Words of praise: Ave Maria has been described in promotional materials as ‘the best of both worlds -- the great quality of life of Naples and a new dynamic Catholic and educational community' +12 The community of Ave Maria located in a remote part of Collier County was created in 2007 by controversial philanthropist and founder of Domino's Pizza Tom Monaghan in partnership with the corporation Barron Collier Cos The pizza magnate is reputed to be a member of the ultra-conservative Catholic organization Opus Dei and has been aligned with a number of other conservative Catholic organizations and causes. In the early 1990s, he also built a mission in a Honduras mountain town and funded and supervised the construction of a new cathedral in Managua, Nicaragua. Monaghan sold his controlling stake in Domino's Pizza in 1998 to private equity company Bain Capital and sold his remaining Domino's stock in 2004. He currently lives with his wife in Ann Arbor, Michigan.