An Air Force Veteran living in Florida sold his house after the local homeowners association fined him $100 per day for displaying a 17” American flag in a flower pot on his lawn, reports the Washington Post.
He was forced to sell his home because he is another in a long line of HOA hypocrites. They are the ones who want all the benefits the HOA offers until they come up against some HOA rule they decide they don’t like and don’t have to comply with.
All he needed do was get an allowed flagpole and allowed flag and display that but take the little flag off the porch out of the FLOWER POT.
Hope he has good luck with his next trial over this.
But I sure do hope he and others will read every HOA rule and think twice, or better, three times, before joining an HOA.
HOAs suck and most rules are enforced by retired people who have nothing better to do than stick their noses in the business of others. BUT…he chose to live in an HOA community…and he CHOSE to ignore their rules tho I’m sure he was warned multiple times before even fined once.
Being a Veteran means you can ignore rules that you decide don’t apply to you. That’s part of the beauty in serving in the military. When i go swimming I never shower first, because I think that’s a complete waste of time. So far, nobody has ever challenged me on that. If they did, I’d pull out my Challenge Coin and make them cry while they bought me a beer.
Flags may be displayed only in flag brackets . . . installed only on the outside front decorative white banding surrounding the entrance to a Tides unit garage door, and be adjacent to and even with the lighted unit-address plate. The flag shall not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed, and flags may be flown only during daylight hours. All flags must be maintained in good condition.
But more the flag he could fly off the garage pole could have been as big as 4.5 feet by 6 feet.
But he insisted on sticking a 17 inch by 13 inch flag in his porch FLOWER POT.
Larry Murphree CHOSE to purchase a condo in that Del Web development.
Larry Murphree CHOSE to sign the HoA Covenant Documents when he purchased that condo.
Larry Murphree CHOSE that location because of its esthetics, its benefits, its rules.
At least until he decided the rules just didn’t (shouldn’t) apply to him anymore.