A Florida woman, whose name was not revealed, has gone public after being repeatedly harassed by neighbors and given an ordinance to take down her ‘Blue Lives Matter’ flag, that she has been flying in her front yard for years, meant to honor her father, an ex-police officer and other family friends who have served the community.
The father, ex-cop Jeff Gaddie, says his daughter was called ‘racist’ by the neighbors, even when she tried to explain the flag was meant as a symbol of honor for her father, who risked his life in the line of duty.
‘If you drive by and see that flag, it kind of makes you feel a little bit better that there’s a family that supports what I’m doing,’ Gaddie told Action News Jax.
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But administrators with First Coast Association Management were apparently of a different opinion.
In early February, the homeowners’ association sent the woman a letter with a ‘friendly reminder’ that she was in violation of a bylaw prohibiting homeowners from displaying signs and flags without permission.
‘Please remove the flag immediately upon receipt of this letter,’ the typewritten note dated February 2 read.
‘The association hopes that you will cooperate and resolve this in the given time to avoid further actions which could include certified letters, attorney fees, fines and the loss of common area privileges such as pool access for your household,’ the letter warned.
Gaddie said his daughter called the HOA to inquire about the reasoning behind the flag removal order.
‘They told her they had received a complaint that it was considered racist, offensive and anti-Black Lives Matter,’ Gaddie said.
The daughter was then told she could submit a form asking for authorization to fly the flag, but her request was denied.
The HOA later explained that only American and military-themed flags were allowed to be displayed in the community.