and Video Courtesy of First Coast News
By Ken Amaro
Published November 19, 2019
JACKSONVILLE — An Air Force veteran living in
Jacksonville, Florida is suing his former homeowner's association after
it reportedly said his display of the American flag violated HOA rules.
On Tuesday, Larry Murphree was interviewed by a radio
station in Virginia about his upcoming court hearing. He is suing his
former HOA for $1 million.
Murphree's fight began seven years ago when he lived in the Tides
Condominium at Sweetwater. He said the fight began over his American
Murphree said he positioned the small flag in a flower pot on his front
porch and that it was a violation of the HOA rules. However, he refused
to remove it.
"It is the principle thing," Murphree said. "... to show my love for the
country and support of the troops"
His fight captured national attention on Fox News, the Washington Post
and Military Times.
In its defense, the HOA claimed it followed The Freedom to Display the
American Flag Act.
In 2015, he sold his condo unit, but it cost him in fines and penalties.
"I had to pay them $12,000 in fees and late fees before they could
release me to sell," he said.
Murphree now lives in a community where the flag flies everywhere. He
said he's ready for the fight to be over because it has been costly in
more ways than one, but he will continue fighting for the flag.
"I will never get back the time I would have spent with my
grandchildren," he said.
His court hearing is set for Nov. 20.
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Larry Murphee -- 7-Year Flag Lawsuit