Jacksonville Issues Citation to Business for Flying Military Flags

By Faye Higbee

Jacksonville, Florida – A Jacksonville City Code compliance person walked in to Jaguar Sports and issued them a warning citation for flying military flags on the roof of their building on Monday. Then, according Shaun, the business’ Finance Manager, she had to gall to say to a wounded veteran, “You’ve done nothing for our country.” An outrageous thing to say to a man who was shot in the service of our country.

The post by Jaguar Sports has gone viral with over 18,000 shares and over 450,000 views and the count is going up. People are outraged.

Photo via ActionNewsJax

The citation itself is a warning only. It appears to be for illegal “signage” in a commercial zone (city code 1303) referencing the way the flags are flown. Even if the flags were improperly flown, which they were not, there was still no reason for Ms Power to be so rude to a veteran.

ActionnewsJax posted the story and investigated with the city of Jacksonville. The city issued this statement:

“We are disturbed by some of the claims made about a City employee and are reviewing the facts. We are also reviewing the current ordinances regarding flags and signs to ensure accurate information was shared.
The business was issued a warning, and was not fined. Warnings are issued to provide property owners information about a possible violation, and corrective action.

I have contacted the dealership and provided the owner with the mayor’s contact information for them to discuss directly. Mayor Curry and his administration respect and appreciate those in uniform who have served and continue to serve our community, and our country.”

Mayor Lenny Curry tweeted that he has directed city employees to treat military flags the same as the American flag.

Many of the comments on Twitter were supportive of Mr Curry doing that, although it’s a sad state of affairs that he had to in the first place. Jacksonville is a military town, with Naval Base Jacksonville as well as Kings Bay Submarine Base nearby.

The higest percent of the comments on the Facebook post reflected outrage from both veterans and civilians.