JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Larry Murphree says that a small American flag in a flower pot outside his home is causing him colossal problems with his homeowner's association. FOX affiliate WAWS says the veteran has been told by the association that he owes an $8,000 fine for breaking display rules, but worse, he tells WAWS that a foreclosure lien has been put on his house.
"I want it to go away. It's such a minor, little thing and they keep coming after me," Murphree told WAWS.
He's been at odds with the HOA in the Sweetwater community for more than two years. He previously fought a similar fight and filed a lawsuit, eventually settling out of court. However, the flag display rules were rewritten with the HOA saying that he is once again in violation.
WAWS wanted to know if what the homeowner's association was doing is legal. One legal expert they spoke with said that a Florida statute mandates he can legally fly his flag. But when the station asked one the HOA's lawyers, she said that if a fine payment isn't made within 30 days, the foreclosure can move forward.
As the legal wrangling drags on, one thing is known, Murphree won't take the flag out of the pot.
"When I first moved here, I loved it, it was wonderful. But it got where I'm being nitpicked more and more. I've lost a lot of friends and neighbors moving out. I don't want to move," he told WAWS.