BOCA RATON, FL (WFLX) The only things you'll find on Boca Raton library walls this year have to do with books, library cards, and rules.
The only lights will be the ones in the ceiling.
"Disappointing. It's a freedom that you should be able to display your beliefs, whether it's public or private. It just brings joy to people," said Boca Raton resident Brenda Scott.
The city of Boca Raton has decided not to allow Christmas trees or Hanukkah menorahs in any of its public buildings, symbols the Supreme Court allows.
The Supreme Court says they don't necessarily signify religion.
"Menorahs, Christmas trees. It should all be allowed in public places," said Scott.
City Hall says they're tired of playing referee.
The mayor, who decorated her own Christmas-themed golf cart for the city's holiday parade, said two years of media attention and the threat of lawsuits from religious groups - who wanted more displayed than just a Christmas tree - has exhausted them beyond the breaking point.
"We do still conduct business on a daily basis. The disruption was frankly just too much," said Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel.
She's disappointed that following the standard set by the Supreme Court, of menorahs and trees only, wasn't enough to quiet the anger.
"It's relatively a select few. It's people who just don't want to take the Supreme Court decision at face value," said Whelchel.
The city will still provide one public space for groups to display religious articles.
Sanborn Square will remain what the city calls a "free speech area," for groups to display trees and manger scenes.
But for many, it's not enough to deliver a fulfilling feeling of Christmas and Hanukkah.
"Holiday lights everywhere you go. That's what I liked about Boca before," said Ralph Schade, a Boca Raton resident.