Veteran Sues HOA For $1 Million After Small U.S. Flag On Front Porch Meant Huge Fines
A Florida veteran is suing his homeowners association (HOA) for $1 million after he was forced to sell his home over a 17-inch American flag he kept in a front porch flower pot.
Former U.S. Air Force air traffic controller Larry Murphree started incurring fines of $100 a day for an “unauthorized object” from the HOA at Tides Condominium in Sweetwater, Florida, in 2011, reported The Washington Post. The ensuing struggle with the 55-and-older community caused Murphree to sell his home in 2015.
“It just dawned on me there’s people that strap on a gun every day to protect me and the people I love,” Murphree told Fox News. “It’s a small flag, but it stands for a big thank you.” (RELATED: Things Didn’t Turn Out Well For This Democratic Congressional Hopeful Who Likely Plagiarized Campaign Website)
Murphree would not remove the flag and lawyered up 10 days after the first fine in 2011, reported the Washington Examiner. He filed a lawsuit in federal court and reached a compromise with the HOA that let him keep the flag in the flower pot in 2012.
But while he was recovering from neck surgery, the HOA began siphoning his dues to pay new $100-a-day fines. The HOA had started charging Murphree again because of new regulations about items like the flower pot on his porch, reported The Washington Post. The association got a lien on his property, and he sold it at a loss to avoid foreclosure, Murphree told First Coast News.
Now the veteran is living in St. Augustine, Florida, awaiting the start of his new trial against the HOA in 2019. Murphree proudly displays eight American flags on his new property, reported Fox News.
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