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NYPD 9/11 Responder Prevails In Flag Standoff with HOA

November 21, 2011  | 

A retired New York City cop and firefighter who helped victims at Ground Zero ten years ago has prevailed in a standoff with his homeowners' association to continue flying a flag commemorating 9/11.

Richard Wentz had been warned by the association in his Coral Springs, Fla., neighborhood that he would have to remove the flag or face enforcement action. Wentz was also flying an American flag.

Today, the association relented, telling Wentz they would make an exception to their "one flag per home" rule, reports ABC News.

Comments (5)

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bpd3733 @ 11/22/2011 10:15 AM

Some people have way too much free time if they are going to have rules governing how many flags you can fly. It's amazing what some people think is important.

Morning Eagle @ 11/22/2011 12:08 PM

How very considerate of that brain-dead HOA to make an exception in this case when it was ludicrous of them to make an issue of it in the first place. Where the H**l were those morons on 9/11? I doubt if any of them were laying their own sorry lives on the line for people they didn't even know.

Laura @ 11/22/2011 12:54 PM

Where do people come up with these crazy rules. Glad I don't live in a place like that. They seem to have no respect for freedom!

Az.Bob @ 11/22/2011 7:06 PM

What the hell has this country become when a bunch of lowlife POSs' can object to something like that flag? Bunch of small minded cowards who have never run towards trouble, but always away. Good show Mr. Wentz. And Thank You for your service.

Jim @ 11/24/2011 5:45 AM

I'm not saying that I agree with the HOA's stance but just to play devils advocate for a minute: I'm sure they didn't enact the rule specifically to prevent Wentz from flying his 9/11 flag. The rule was one flag per house. It was to prevent someone from having a bunch of misc. flags flying from their house. Some people might not view that as an issue, others might. Like most of us, I've dealt with HOA's before. Sometimes they can get pretty ridiculous. I don't think the original intent of this rule is that out of line. The problem with making an "exception" for Wentz, is that now the rule is unenforceable. If I'm living in that HOA and I want to fly a State flag, a Canadian flag, my "Hurray for Spring" flag or my Aryan Brotherhood flag, the door is open. That's the problem with making exceptions.

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