Jacksonville business cited for flying military flags, mayor says 'let them fly'

Lester Mason
April 17, 2018

A Jacksonville city code inspector has been suspended after she issued a motor sport business a warning for flying flags for every branch of the US military, causing outrage across the country.

Power later removed the Facebook post, but screenshots of it continue to be circulated on social media.

News4Jax reports employees at Jaguar Power Sports say a city inspector went into the business Monday and issued a citation over the flags, saying they were in violation of city code. The rooftop display included two USA flags, flags representing each branch for the military and another one representing the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to WJXT. He said she told the vet "you did nothing for our country".

Surveillance video appeared to show the city worker wag her finger toward the veteran before the alleged comment.

The citations were strictly a warning and the business was not fined.

He added county employees are expected to be respectful and that employee procedures will be reviewed. "I'm retired. I'm a veteran.' She gets in his face this close and says, 'You did nothing for this country, '" store employee Katie Klasse told WJXT. I have ordered a review of the actions of the employee and pending the completion of that review, the employee and her supervisor have been placed on leave. And that she responded, "Nothing".

Power also said in the post that her father, husband and son-in-law have all served in the military and that she has "the utmost respect for the military".

The incident soon got the attention of the mayor's office.

This citation was issue to Jaguar Power Sports for flying military flags atop the building. I nearly lost my life for this country. That was not the objective of this. Of 50 calls taken in the first hour of business, most wanted the employee fired.

Right after the City of Jacksonville caught wind of the citation, its Chief of Staff Brian Hughes said it was reviewing the facts of the case, as well as current ordinances regarding flags and signs. On Tuesday, the city of Jacksonville suspended Power.

City officials are now investigating the allegations against inspector Melinda Power, and they say they will be reviewing that video.

- The mayor of Jacksonville stepped in after a business owner's Facebook video about military flags went viral.

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