The American flag is in the middle of a lawsuit after a camping company refused to remove its massive 40×80-foot American flag located near the interstate. City council members argued that the flag’s size was in violation of city ordinances, but the owner of the business says he honors fallen veterans with the large flag.
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Marcus Lemonis, Camping World’s CEO in North Carolina, has been in a bitter legal battle with the city of Statesville since he refused to take the flag down. “The property that’s there belong to us, we pay taxes and the size of the flag isn’t hurting anybody,” Lemonis said.
Originally, the city approved a permit for the company to fly a flag there, but the permit was reportedly for a much smaller size.
According to Rare, the city’s ordinance states that a flag cannot be placed within 100 feet of the highway and cannot be larger than 25 to 40 feet. Lemonis doesn’t agree and argues that it is simply “bureaucrats trying to control the size of something.”
On October 15th, the city began fining Lemonis $50 due to his defiance in taking down the flag. But Lemonis says he has no plans of removing the flag. “I don’t care if it goes to $500 a day,” Lemonis told WSOC-TV. “It’s not coming down.”
Currently, Lemonis has been fined in excess of $11,000. Lemonis says it’s how he was raised. “My family has been car dealers, had been car dealers since the 1960s, and our key trademark was always flying our flag in our dealership in South Florida. My family is largely immigrants of the country.”
In an effort to show the city that people are actually for his flag, Lemonis started a petition that reads: “This is about more than just the flag,” the petition states. “This is about our Veterans, Military, and the men and women that have sacrificed for this great country. They are the reason we fly the flag and they are the reason we will NOT take it down!”
The petition currently has 196,000 of its 200,000 sought-after signatures.