Gov. Bush Visits Jupiter's Flag-Flyer
Article Courtesy of MSNBC
JUPITER, Fla., June 14, 2002

Gov. Jeb Bush on Friday visited a Jupiter man who is in a battle with his homeowners association over the right to fly his American flag. 

Bush said he visited George Andres on Flag Day because he wanted to make a point that any Floridian should be able to fly the American flag. 

Bush said he wanted to see the 50 stars and 13 stripes that costs Andres a daily $100 fine. 

Bush had a little gift for Andres. 

Bush asked Andres, "Are you still getting fined $100 a day?" 

"As far as I know," Andres said. 

"Then here's today's fine," Bush said, giving Andres $100.

Over the last two years, Andres has faced $30,000 in fines, a lien on his house and threats of jail time because he flies his flag from a pole -- rather than the association-approved brackets. 

"People ought to put aside their differences and obsessions with rules and regulations, and use common sense to solve problems," Bush said. 

Despite a new state flag law that supersedes association laws, the homeowners' board says it is doing the right thing and plans to maintain a lawsuit filed against Andres. The group's attorney accused Andres of creating propaganda out of the situation, portraying himself as an innocent victim. 

Bush said his visit was designed to point out the silliness of the situation, and give Andres an official flag to fly. 

"The governor not only gave me a check for flying the flag, he gave me his own neck tie. And, he gave me a brand-new American flag that's flown at the state capital," Andres said. "Eventually, I'm going to win." 

Because the homeowners association has refused to drop its lawsuit, several other residents are also suing the association as an act of solidarity with Andres. 

Bush lends support in flag flap
Article Courtesy of Palm Beach Post
By Brian Crowley, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Saturday, June 15, 2002

JUPITER -- Former Marine George Andres got air support Friday from Gov. Jeb Bush, who flew in to give Andres $100 toward his legal fight and help him raise a new American flag on the white flag pole he has been ordered to take down.

Outside of the Indian Creek Phase IIIB Homeowners Association, the ongoing battle over Andres' 12 foot flag pole may seem a little silly, but for Bush, in the middle of a reelection campaign, it was a photo opportunity not to be missed.

Wearing a green tie adorned with American flags and bombs bursting in air, Bush handed Andres a flag that had flown over the state Capitol. Then the two marched over to the flagpole and hoisted the flag the short distance up the pole.

"This is the death of common sense," Bush told a swarm of reporters and photographers. Television stations did live reports in front of Andres' home while a score of supporters munched on American flag cake, deviled eggs and tiny chicken-salad sandwiches.

It is a classic homeowners dispute. Andres wants to fly his flag from a pole planted in the left front corner of his yard. The association insists that flags must be flown from a pole attached to the wall.

Andres will have none of it.

"The U.S. Supreme Court has said that I can fly my flag," he said.

State courts have disagreed. They say he is willfully violating the rules of the homeowner association. His defiance has cost him $30,000. The association says it has spent $21,000 in legal fees and court costs fighting Andres and they want him to pay it. 

No one is budging.

After hearing about the flag fight, Bush signed legislation in April that says homeowners can fly the flag in a "respectful way" regardless of association rules. But the court ordered Andres to take down his flag nearly two years ago and the association argues that Andres must pay for his defiance prior to the new law.

In June 2001, the court said Andres must pay $100 for every day the pole stays up.

"You still paying those fines?" Bush asked.

"I sure am," said Andres.

"Well here's one day," said Bush handing him a check for $100.

Andres, wearing a snug "America the Beautiful" T-shirt, was thrilled. "I'm not going to cash this check," he said when Bush was out of earshot. "I'm going to frame it with the letter I received from him."

Minutes later, Andres spotted Steven Selz on his lawn and ordered the attorney for the homeowners association to "get off my property."

"We're a country of laws and rules and a court has ordered him to take that pole down," said Selz. "I'm sure the governor's intention is not to encourage people to defy the courts."

Selz pointed to other flags flying from nearby homes in compliance with association rules and said: "Why should Mr. Andres be the only one allowed to ignore the rules of the association? He was on the association board. He was part of the architectural committee. He knew exactly what the rules are."

Andres, who has pictures of Bush, President George W. Bush and former President George H.W. Bush on the wall in his small living room, said he is more determined than ever to continue his fight.

"How many times have you seen the governor come to somebody's house to do something like this?" said the retired electrical worker, who served in the Marine Corps from 1956-62.

Just before getting into his car to leave, Bush pulled off his American Flag tie and gave it to Andres, who draped it around his neck, showing it to everyone.

As Selz started walking down the street to his car, Andres yelled, "What goes around comes around, Selz."

Jeb Bush Marks Flag Day With Harassed Homeowner
Article Courtesy of
By Carl Limbacher 
Friday, June 14, 2002

Florida Gov. Jeb Bush today celebrated Flag Day with a man fined nearly $30,000 by his Jupiter homeowners association for flying an American flag from a 12-foot pole in his own yard. 

Accompanied by the national anthem, Bush gave George Andres a flag from the state Capitol and helped raise it amid applause from neighbors. 

"Rather than just say it's unacceptable, people ought to put aside their differences and their obsession with rules and regulations and use common sense to make decisions," observed Bush, who in polls is trouncing Janet Reno and other Democrats in his bid for re-election. 

Andres, a former Marine, vowed to keep flying Old Glory, especially now that he has the governor's support. "I think it's absolutely fabulous," he said. 

More Nonsense in Pea Brain County

The Orwellian-sounding Indian Creek Phase 3B Homeowners Association in Pea Brain County claims that flags may be flown only from brackets attached to house walls. Andres objects because a flag flown from brackets would touch his shrubbery. 

"Bush signed legislation in April making it clear that people can fly American flags regardless of homeowners' association rules," the Associated Press reported. 

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