Big ol' American flag isn't coming down in Statesville

A huge American flag flying over Gander RV in Statesville might be able to stay, and the company's President & CEO might not have to go to jail for refusing to take it down.

WBTV reports:

Statesville’s Mayor has asked the Statesville Planning Department to draft a text amendment that would allow a large flag displayed at Gander RV on I-77 to continue flying.
Statesville Mayor Costi Kutteh has asked the department to draft a text amendment to the city’s ordinance that regulates the size of flags displayed in a highway business zone.
If passed, this amendment will permit the flag currently displayed at Gander RV on I-77 to continue flying.

Gander is owned by Camping World, which is run by Marcus Lemonis - who stars in the CNBC reality show "The Profit."

Lemonis visited Statesville yesterday and told the media that the company will pay the fine and it should not be donated to charity - because it belongs to the taxpayers.

From FOX 46 in Charlotte:

 

Lemonis said there shouldn't be any prohibition on the size of an American flag a business can fly - as long as it doesn't interfere with airspace restrictions, block the signage of another business, or

The Statesville Record & Landmark quotes Lemonis as saying this case is precedent-setting:

“This is not about us (Gander RV),” Lemonis said. “This is about a city and a flag that doesn’t belong to us. It doesn’t belong to any of us.”

Lemonis said this is not a publicity stunt or an effort to milk controversy for financial gain:

 

Pete's Prep: Friday, May 31, 2019

  • From Jon Sanders at the John Locke Foundation: "New research from Kennesaw State University economist John Charles Bradbury finds “little evidence” that movie production incentives help state economies."
  • Meanwhile, The Wrap reports: "Hollywood takes on red states" - demanding conservatives abandon pro-life stances in order to win the privilege of spending tax dollars on movie and TV productions.
  • US Attorney General Bill Barr tells CBS News that "he believes special counsel Robert Mueller could have reached a decision on whether President Trump committed obstruction of justice."
  • Vanity Fair reports how the New York Times "managers have become increasingly concerned that if a Times reporter were to go on one of these shows, his or her appearance could be perceived as being aligned with that show’s political leanings." So, they're turning down appearances on MSNBC and FOX.
  • British center-right magazine Standpoint has an explosive and disturbing story on Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Newly-released documents reveal the full extent of the FBI’s surveillance of the civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King in the mid-1960s. They expose in graphic detail the FBI’s intense focus on King’s extensive extramarital sexual relationships with dozens of women, and also his presence in a Washington hotel room when a friend, a Baptist minister, allegedly raped one of his “parishioners”, while King “looked on, laughed and offered advice”. "

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