JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A fight is brewing between a homeowner’s association and a veteran who wants to display his American flag in his flower garden.
Now, the veteran could be forced out of his home if he doesn’t pay up.
“I want it to go away. It’s such a minor little thing and they keep coming after me,” said Larry Murphee.
Murphee has lived in the Sweetwater community for years but has been at odds with the association for more than two.
All the commotion is surrounding a small American flag in one of Murphee’s flower pots.
“They just sent me a letter that says I owe them around $8,000 and they put a foreclosure lien on my house,” he said.
Attorneys for the association say if payment is not made within 30 days, the law office can move forward with the foreclosure.
However, legal experts say Murphee should be able to display the stars and stripes.
“There’s an actual Florida statute that says he can display this flag,” said Dale Carson.
After a similar fight last year, Murphee filed a lawsuit and settled out of court.
The homeowner’s association rules have been rewritten since then.
“When I first moved here, I loved it. It was wonderful but it got where I’m being nitpicked more and more. I’ve lost a lot of friends and neighbors moving out. I don’t want to move,” said Murphee.