VIA| When this Florida man felt his freedom of expression was being limited by local code enforcement officials, he decided to take matters into his own hands. He decided to express his love for America by painting his house like the American flag.
Brent Greer was upset when city code enforcement officers inspected his home after receiving an anonymous complaint that a 15-foot-tall Christmas tree on his front porch had blown over.
When the code enforcement officer came to inspect, Greer told him that his wife had gladly taken down the tree. Still, the officer went on to cite Greer for a list of violations. He was penalized for a lack of screens on several windows, peeling house paint, yard, debris, and some rotted and loose wood.
“It’s just total government abuse,” Greer told reporters. “This is still America.”
Now, Greer is being forced to attend a code enforcement hearing. He could be fined up to $250 a day.
Greer runs a landscaping business, and will be the first to admit that his more than century-old home is not in perfect condition. He made some of the corrections required but is disputing other parts of the citation.
“There are no safety issues at my house,” Greer continued. “None. Zero.”
City officials could not be reached for comment on the issue. The local newspaper described the house as “one of the few old residences along the Manatee River built before a boom in multi-million homes.”
Fortunately, Greer has received overwhelming support from the community after painting their house in red, white and blue, with stars.