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North Carolina Company Fights Fines And Suit Over Flying Enormous American Flag

Neetu Chandak on May 21, 2019

A North Carolina company is fighting fines and a lawsuit reportedly from the city over flying a huge American flag.

Camping World flies a 40-by-80-foot flag outside of its Gander RV location in Statesville, North Carolina, as a way to honor military members and veterans. The city, however, believes Camping World is violating codes that say a flag cannot be more than 25-by-40 feet if it is flown 100 feet from a highway, WSOC reported Monday.

Camping World, an outdoor supply and RV company, said it faces a $50 per day fine retroactive to Oct. 15, 2018.

“I don’t care if it goes to $500 a day,” Marcus Lemonis, CEO and chairman of Camping World and Gander RV, said according to WSOC. “It’s not coming down.”

A Statesville spokesperson said the city began fining the company after asking it to take down the flag several times, WSOC reported. City officials failed 3-5 to vote in an ordinance that would allow Camping World to fly a flag of its size.

“On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, Statesville City Attorney Leah Messick filed an injunction against Holiday Kamper Co. (owner of Gander RV in Statesville) for violating the City’s regulations on displaying flags,” the city’s website said. “The complaint asks the Court to order Gander RV to comply with the ordinance.”

More than 70,000 people signed Camping World’s Change.org petition in support of flying the flag.

North Carolina officials said in 2015 Camping World could not fly the flag due to a city ordinance, WSOC reported.

Camping World did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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  • Real people Love seeing these huge flags and love our country, then we have the liberal hate mongers who feel their job is to destroy America.

  • Read a story this morning that one state is considering composting people due to crowding of cemeteries and crematoriums. Solient Green is here folks.

  • Is there a petition circulating asking the powers-that-be in Statesville N.C. to reconsider their decision? I've been to Statesville - heck, my late husband's 1979 Firebird crapped out on us at a rest station there, and a dear local couple tried their darnedest to help get the thing started again…! Really nice, down-to-earth people in that region, so - cannot believe the citizens of Statesville would want this. Just asking..

  • Is there a petition circulating asking the powers-that-be in Statesville N.C. to reconsider their decision? I've been to Statesville - heck, my late husband's 1979 Firebird crapped out on us at a rest station there, and a dear local couple tried their darnedest to help get the thing started again…! Really nice, down-to-earth people in that region, so - cannot believe the citizens of Statesville would want this. Just asking..

  • AAALLL OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT ARE AGAINST PROMOTING THE NATIONAL FLAG, ARE AGAINST THEIR OWN NATION, AND THEREFORE THEY SHOULD GO TO THAT NATION THAT THEY AREN'T AGAINST THEIR FLAG !!! ! !!! SOOO, : DEPORT THEM - ASAP !!! ! !!!

  • How many hamburgers have you eaten this week, too ? However, pay no attention to the mismanaged, corrupt cities with caca on their streets and leftists' hands !

  • Screw the Un-American city of Statesville! You continue to fly the Stars and Stripes proudly. Every Veteran in North Carolina and this country stands behind you! As a North Carolinian Veteran, I plan to call the city of Statesville and let them know exactly the amount of disgust I have for their city government. All Veterans should do the same. Call them and shame them....over and over again, until they start acting like Americans. If I could afford to buy a larger Stars and Stripes and send it to Camping World to proudly fly, I would!
    City of Statesville, NC.....you suck!

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