Veteran Homeowner Threatened With $8,000 in Fines and Foreclosure Over an American Flag in a Flower Pot

Veteran Homeowner Threatened With $8,000 in Fines and Foreclosure Over an American Flag in a Flower Pot

A Florida HOA sent a letter to a resident of their community, stating that he owes $8,000 in fees and are threatening him with a foreclosure lien on his home over the American flag he placed in a flower pot on his porch.

Larry Murphee, a 73 year old veteran lives in the Sweetwater community in Jacksonville, Florida. He’s been battling his friendly neighborhood HOA over the flag for more than two years.

Although U.S. citizens today live in a nation that only remains free and safe due to the bravery and sacrifices of our military men and women, one Jacksonville resident believes that he is not getting the respect — nor the civil liberties — he is due.

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WTEV contacted the law office that represents the HOA, and attorney Michelle Haines told them that if payment is not made within 30 days, the law office can move forward with foreclosure on Murphree’s home.

Murphree has been offered free services by First Amendment Attorney Luke Lirot out of Clearwater.

Last year, after a similar fight, Murphree filed a lawsuit and settled out of court, but the HOA flag display rules have been rewritten since then. He said he won’t stop until he can freely fly his flag:

“When I first moved here, I loved it. It was wonderful. But it got where I’m being nitpicked more and more. I’ve lost a lot of friends and neighbors moving out. I don’t want to move.

I want it to go away. It’s such a minor little thing and they keep coming after me,” he explained.

Photo courtesy of WTEV

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