In Tallahassee Florida, there’s quite a commotion brewing.
A homeowners association threatened a veteran in a formal letter that stated his patriotic mailbox wrap is not allowed in the neighborhood and that if he doesn’t remove it, he will be fined.
However, the veteran not backing down without a fight.
“It’s not in consonance with their aesthetic values here in Southwood,” said retired U.S. Navy Officer John Ackert.
Ackert said he received the notice last week.
“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,” Ackert continues. “That’s been there for four years. It was put there 30 days after I moved into this house.”
However, Ackert is not giving up so easily, noting that he wrote an appeal and submitted it to the SRCA.
“I view this as a form of bullying to be honest. And I think people should stand up to bullying of any form, and particularly this,” Ackert said.
Neighbors in Southwood said the patriotism is refreshing, and the letter was a bit harsh.
“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 a binder full of rules and standards before moving into Southwood. Many said they’re not surprised by the H.O.A.’s actions.
“They do things like this all the time. I think it’s ridiculous. What’s wrong with being patriotic in the country you live in?” said neighbor, Mike Stephenson.
The letter said Ackert has 15 days to remove the wrap, or face a fine. He has not received a response since submitting his appeal.
Local news organizations have reached out to the Southwood Residential Community Association on this issue. They say they are investigating it, but they have no comment.
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