Saturday, November 19, 2011

Homeowners' association forcing man to take down 9-11 flag Owner: 'That flag will remain up'

Bill Sugarman, the president of Benchmark Property Management, which represents the association, said he received complaints.

The rules say there can only be one flag per home.

"The only flag that is allowed is an American flag. The problem is he is flying two flags, and until someone changes that there is a problem," Sugarman said.

Wentz refuses to take it down.

"I will not take that flag down. That flag will remain up. I don't care how many fines they want to give me, how many notices they want to give me, I refuse to take that down," Wentz said.

The American Civil Liberties Union weighed in, saying that although homeowners associations are constitution-free zones, it has asked the state to limit what associations can do.
HOA Flag Flap No. 1,386,592. The ACLU is getting involved. Film at 11.


Anonymous said...

I thought the only flag allowed in HOAs is the "Tread on Me" flag.

Communisty Associations Institute said...

We honor those who lost their lives to terrorists, and those who risked their lives to save others on that day.

But there's another group of Americans we should honor: those who take pride in following the rules they agreed to.

Americans who want to maintain the uniformity of their neighborhoods and the property values of their homes should not have tolerate being terrorized by delinquents, malcontents, and other type of troublemakers who think the rules of their community association don't apply to them.

It comes as no surprise to us that the ACLU would support these neighborhood terrorists, rather than the volunteer board members and industry professionals who have the thankless job of sustaining a sense of community in these troubled times.

If the ACLU truly cared about freedom, they would be supporting the right of homeowners to obey the rules, rather than selfish individualists like Richard Wentz who force their community associations to incur thousands of dollars in collections and legal expenses.

But as long as the liberal media continues to portray people like Wentz as victims, while demonizing true heroes like HOA president Patricia Favata, the terrorists will have won.

Evan McKenzie said...

I don't believe there were any real complaints. This is another case, like many we have posted and commented about here, of an absurd rule enforcement procedure that helps nobody but the lawyers and managers. These living arrangements put people at the mercy of vendors who make money by manufacturing violations and charging the owners for prosecuting them--all in the name of "uniformity." It's a great gig if you think about it. People are inevitably going to express themselves somehow--a sign,a flag, a swing set, a fence--and that's all it takes to start the cash register ringing.

Anonymous said...

HOA = Hatred Of America