(Mad World News) A Florida business was told by the city that they had to remove six American flags that flew in front of their store to honor an employee’s six military family members after a single anonymous person complained, and members of the community showed him support in the best possible way.
Jeff Verzi placed the flags in front of Family Hardware in Cape Coral, but after the city received complaints they told the business that the flags violated an ordinance that prohibited banners in the right of way, according to News-Press. Verzi refused to remove them. His boss, Eric Stange, supported him in the decision, saying “It’s all about the veterans.”
The community agreed.
From News Press: From Country Club to Coronado parkways, American flags could be seen every few feet Monday morning in downtown Cape Coral.
A couple of hundred flags were placed in the right-of-way by business owners and residents. It’s a symbolic effort in support of an employee at Family Hardware and U.S. troops.
Jeffrey Verzi, 56, an associate at the store, was told Thursday by a code enforcement officer that he needed to move six small American flags onto private property.
Verzi politely refused, saying the flags represent six veterans in his family that he wanted to remember. Monday morning, a handful of people set to work to spread patriotism in spite of the city’s sign ordinance, which prohibits placing signs, including flags, in the right-of-way.
Supporters started posting flags at around 8 a.m. and it took more than an hour to finish. Initially, the plan was for over 500 small American flags to dot the landscape. Eric Stange, general manager at Family Hardware, said their message generated a positive response from the community.
“It’s all about the veterans,” Stange said.
Connie Barron, spokeswoman for the city, said no further action will be taken. She said it’s wonderful the community came together in this way.
Verzi said he plans to attend the next regular city council meeting Monday to discuss amending the sign ordinance to exclude the American flag. Veterans and members of the local VFW and American Legion told him they intend to be on hand in uniform to support the effort.