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Florida Homeowners Association Demands 30 Year Veteran Remove Flag Wrap from Mailbox!

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Retired U.S. Navy Officer John Ackert says he received a letter from the Southwood Residential Community Association in Tallahassee telling him to remove the American flag wrapping on his mailbox or face penalties.

He told WCTV that he is not backing down without a fight. The flag wrap has been there for 4 years.

“This is a very, very petty thing, All I’m trying to do is display my feeling of patriotism toward America. I spent 30 years in uniform,” Ackert said. “I view this as a form of bullying to be honest. I think people should stand up to bullying of any form, and particularly this.”

Florida Homeowners Association Demands 30 Year Veteran Remove Flag Wrap from Mailbox

Angry yet? You know the drill. Let the Southwood HOA board know that they are exhibiting bad behavior, anti-patriotism, and have control issues!

Southwood Residential Association Phone: 850-656-8750 Facebook Twitter

Jerome Simpson Community Association Manager Email: jsimpson@ccmcnet.com
Debbie Patterson Administrative Coordinator Email: dpatterson@ccmcnet.com
Martin Brown Art of Living Director Email: mbrown@ccmcnet.com
Annabelle Blevins Compliance Coordinator Email: ablevins@ccmcnet.com
Thomas Garcia Operations Manager/ Architectural Review Coordinator Email: tgarcia@ccmcnet.com
Sarah Hayes Receptionist & Art of Living Coordinator Email: shayes@ccmcnet.com

Fox News reports:

A mailbox covered with the American flag is at the center of a dispute brewing between a retired U.S. veteran and a homeowners association in Florida.

Retired U.S. Navy Officer John Ackert says he received a letter last week from the Southwood Residential Community Associate in Tallahassee that asked him to remove the wrapping of Old Glory around the mailbox or face penalties.

He told WCTV he’s not backing down without a fight and has made an appeal.

“I view this as a form of bullying to be honest,” Ackert said. “And I think people should stand up to bullying of any form, and particularly this.”

Ackert said the H.O.A claimed his mailbox was not “in consonance” with the aesthetic values of Southwood.

“As the holiday season comes to a close, please remove the American flag mailbox wrap,” the letter read. “Decoration may be displayed 30 days prior and must be taken down 15 days after.”

He said the wrap has been up for four years.

“It was put there 30 days after I moved into this house.”

In a statement, the Southwood Residential Community Association’s board of directors said it “honors all those actively serving in the military and the veterans who have made sacrifices for our freedom” and that its members were willing to talk to Ackert “to find a resolution.”

There is only one resolution. Apologize, back down, and leave it alone. Then after that, do not micromanage, it defeats the real purpose of a HOA and exhibits bad behavior on the part of the board.

Some of Ackert’s neighbors told WCTV the letter was a bit harsh and said they were not entirely surprised by the H.O.A’s actions.

“They do things like this all the time,” Mike Stephenson said. “I think it’s ridiculous. What’s wrong with being patriotic in the country you live in?”

Mike Patel said: “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.”

The H.O.A. letter says Ackert has 15 days to remove the wrap or face a fine. He has not received a response to his appeal.

This has happened before! It never ends well. Generally it is an actual flag on a pole. The fact that this is a FREAKIN’ Mailbox is absurd. What a bunch of control freaks!

Angry yet? You know the drill. Let the Southwood HOA board know that they are exhibiting bad behavior, anti-patriotism, and have control issues!

Southwood Residential Association Phone: 850-656-8750 Facebook Twitter

Jerome Simpson Community Association Manager Email: jsimpson@ccmcnet.com
Debbie Patterson Administrative Coordinator Email: dpatterson@ccmcnet.com
Martin Brown Art of Living Director Email: mbrown@ccmcnet.com
Annabelle Blevins Compliance Coordinator Email: ablevins@ccmcnet.com
Thomas Garcia Operations Manager/ Architectural Review Coordinator Email: tgarcia@ccmcnet.com
Sarah Hayes Receptionist & Art of Living Coordinator Email: shayes@ccmcnet.com

 

 

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