Veteran ordered to remove American flag from mailbox


FLORIDA- In Tallahassee, there has been controversy over a resident’s patriotic mailbox wrap with the local homeowners association. The association says the wrap is not permitted.

The Southwood Residential Community Association threatened the veteran with a letter, saying if he doesn’t remove the wrap, he will face penalties. Nevertheless, the veteran, Retired U.S. Navy Officer, John Ackert, said he’s holding his ground and will not cave in.

Ackert, received the notice last week. He said the flag is not compatible with their “aesthetic values.”

“As the holiday season comes to a close, please remove the American flag mailbox wrap. Decoration may be displayed 30 days prior and must be taken down 15 days after,” the letter read. Ackert said the wrap has been on his mailbox for four years now, he put it there 30 days after he moved into the house.

In response, he wrote an appeal and hopes the SRCA changes its mind. Ackert believes what they are doing is a form of bullying, and he refuses to condone it.

Neighbors in Southwood agree with Ackert – they actually find the patriotism refreshing.

“The man’s a veteran, he served the country. It’s just a mailbox with a flag, I don’t think it’s right. He owns the house, he can at least have that,” said neighbor, Mike Patel.

Residents receive numerous rules and standards before moving into Southwood. Most of them said they’re not surprised by the H.O.A.’s actions.

The letter stated Ackert has 15 days to remove the wrap, or face a fine. He is appealing the request.

On Thursday, the Southwood Residential Community Association responded to Ackert’s appeal, saying they will present it to the Covenants Committee for a decision on August 8.

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