Friday, March 24, 2017

Florida woman told to remove Blue Lives Matter flag because of HOA rules

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 11:32 AM

One St. John County woman has decided to fight her neighborhood homeowners association over the display of a Blue Lives Matter flag outside her house.

Jeff Gaddie told Action News Jax that his daughter, who did not want to be identified in the article, has flown a Blue Lives Matter flag outside her home for years to honor his career in law enforcement.

But, recently he says his daughter received a letter asking her to remove the flag because it doesn't fit the rules and regulation of the homeowners association.

When she called to ask what was wrong with the flag, the association told her they had received a complaint calling the flag racist, offensive and anti-Black Lives Matter.

She then requested special permission to fly the flag, but her request was denied.

First Coast Association Management, the company who enforces the regulations in the neighborhood, told Action News Jax that only American and military-themed flags are allowed to fly in the neighborhood and that certain portions of the neighborhood code say no flags can be displayed without approval.

Gaddie says that displaying the flag doesn't involve a race issue.

"We’ve got black officers, we’ve got Asian officers, we’re got every race," Gaddie told Action News Jax. "I mean for them to say it’s racist, blue is not a race, it’s the furthest thing from it."

The family says it plans to appeal the neighborhood's decision at the next homeowners association meeting.

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