TEMECULA (AP) — Opponents of a proposed mosque in the Southern California city of Temecula say they won’t pursue legal action to try to block construction of the project.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports the group Concerned American Citizens issued a statement late Thursday saying that the Temecula City Council’s decision rejecting the group’s appeal to approve the project “was well within” the council’s jurisdiction.

The group added that it had no reason to take any further legal action.

The plan by the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley has sparked heated debate in the community 80 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

Critics say the mosque could draw Islamic extremists and flood neighborhoods with traffic, while supporters say local Muslims shouldn’t be likened to terrorists.

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