Business wins fight with City of Jacksonville after cited for military flags

Lenny Curry

Lenny Curry

A motorcycle dealership has been cleared to fly its military flags above the store, following a backlash against the city government on social media.

According to employees at Jaguar Power Sports, the city inspector, Melinda Power, went into the store around noon Monday and issued the citation, saying the flags violated city code. Two U.S. flags, a Jacksonville Jaguars flag and flags representing each branch of the military are posted on the roof.

However, witnesses said that Power responded by saying, "You did nothing for this country".

The manager further claims that a COJ employee was also rude to one of its customers, a veteran, telling him "you did nothing for our country". 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. "What I saw reported is 100 percent inconsistent with how I expect every city employee to interact with our citizens".

He added county employees are expected to be respectful and that employee procedures will be reviewed.

"She gets in his face this close and says, 'You did nothing for this country, '" store employee Katie Klasse said.

Early Tuesday, Fox 30 reported that the code enforcement officer had posted a statement on her Facebook page, apologizing to the veteran. I nearly lost my life for this country.

"I have the utmost respect for the military", the post read. Witnesses said Power questioned what the customer had done for his country.

"How they're going to deal with their employee is going to be on them", Marcy Moyer said.

A manager of Jaguar Power Sports told News4Jax on Tuesday she also doesn't want to see Power fired. That was not the objective of this.

The store managers ripped up the citation and will keep the flags flying without worrying about fines or citations from the city, according to WJXT.

Curry's chief of staff indicated that the city will be investigating the incident and is reviewing the current city ordinances on flags "to ensure accurate information was shared". There is also a flag representing the Jacksonville Jaguars, the city's National Football League team.

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