A U.S. Marine who served overseas in Iraq has returned home in Hypoluxo only to be told he cannot fly his American flag.
Days after Gregory Schaffer installed a flag pole in his front yard, he received a citation from the Town of Hypoluxo listing the flag as a code violation.
“It’s sad. It’s sad that we have to go through that just to fly a flag,” said Schaffer.
The 24-year-old Iraq war veteran said after serving overseas, it was a must to have a flag flying in his yard. But within days after hoisting up the flag, he was slapped with a citation after an anonymous neighbor filed a complaint with the town.
The Town of Hypoluxo said this issue is not with his flag.
“Well he can fly his flag the issue is that he has to get a building permit,” said Tim Large, who heads the building department for the town.
Large said the flag pole is considered a structure.
If Schaffer does not have a permit, the flag has to come down.
“I would love to see the guy be able to do this. To me it’s not personal, it’s strictly my job,” said Large.
Schaffer said because he is renting the house, he has to have a third party contractor come in to apply for the permit, which could cost him nearly $1,000.