A COUPLE told how they were threatened by the local homeowners association that they would be fined if they didn’t remove their Pride flag.
They were reportedly warned that if they did not remove them, they would be subject to a daily $50 fine.
In 2021 Bob Plominski and Mikewere warned by officers at the Eastland Cove Homeowners Association in Oakland Park, Fla. — about 200 miles from Orlando — that they must remove their flag from their front yard.
They were told the flag had to be lowered within a 10 day window or they would be penalized.
Bob told the NBC affiliate WTVJ: “We’ve done this before and it’s a simple sign of our pride to the community and it’s valid for 30 days. We were shocked they would do that.”
But he was adamant, saying, “We’re not going to back down here.”
Mike told The New York Times: “We remain steadfast. We are not removing our flag.”
The pair said they would be flying the flag and would not be deterred despite the penalty they risked.
Mike said, “Ten dollars, $50, $100 a day — it stays up.”
He said he believed the complaint was made because someone in the neighborhood felt offended by the flag.
But he said the multicolored flag was “nothing mean”.
The couple, who have lived in the area for ten years, said they have not had a problem with the flag so far.
A person who was on the board of directors of the homeowners’ association at the time of the dispute claimed that residents were only allowed to fly military-themed American flags or flags of Florida.
The US Sun has reached out to the Eastland Cove HOA for clarification. At the time of publication, we received no response.
Bob Brosseau, then president of the HOA, said he voted against the release of the notice.
Brosseau was outnumbered as board members voted three to two to release the notice.
However, he warned of possible legal risks if the homeowners’ association ignored this.