Jacksonville: “City employee, supervisor placed on leave over military flags flap…”

Jacksonville: “City employee, supervisor placed on leave over military flags flap…”

Video: Florida Times-Union
“As a petition is posted on change.org demanding a Jacksonville city inspector be fired for citing a Westside store for flying military flags, Mayor Lenny Curry has put her on administrative leave after video of her finger-wagging confrontation with employees and a veteran went viral.

Curry also has ordered a review of the employee’s actions as he rescinded the citation she wrote for flying them on either side of American flags at Jaguar Power Sports, a motorcycle dealership at 4680 Blanding Blvd.

The mayor’s City Hall statement said the employee’s supervisor is also on leave following the Monday citation and subsequent argument with staff as well as a customer, a military veteran who was apparently told ‘you did nothing for our country.’

‘The flags can fly,’ confirmed city spokeswoman Tia Ford, after Curry’s statement offered apologies to the customer.

‘Employees of the City of Jacksonville are the servants of taxpayers who have a duty to enforce our laws and regulations. I expect every one of them to do that job in a manner that is respectful and reflects the privilege we all have to serve this great city,’ Curry’s statement said in part. ‘What I saw reported is 100 percent inconsistent with how I expect every city employee to interact with our citizens. I have ordered a review of the actions of the employee and pending the completion of that review, the employee and her supervisor have been placed on leave.’

News of the confrontation in the store surfaced when its manager, Shaun Jackrel, posted a video explaining what happened when city inspector Melinda Power came in to discuss another issue with him. Then she issued a warning for the number of flags flying above the entrance: twin American flags flanked by others representing different branches of the U.S. military. Power wrote down that the flag violation fell under the city code for zoning limitations on signs, according to Times-Union media partner WJCT-FM…

When city officials learned of the citation, Chief of Staff Brian Hughes said they were reviewing the facts of the case as well as ordinances regarding flags and signs, according to First Coast News, another Times-Union media partner. Hughes also noted that the Mayor’s Office was in communication with the business…”

— Dan Scanlan, Florida Times-Union

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Legal: Campaign Signs “Sign controversy brewing on Holiday Isle”

Legal: Campaign Signs “Sign controversy brewing on Holiday Isle”

Photo: NWF Daily News

“Two residents of Holiday Isle in Destin were cited by the neighborhood’s Holiday Isle Improvement Association this week for violating the organization’s sign codes, but they believe the citations could potentially be politically motivated.

Alan Osborne and Robyn Wehunt both have had posted campaign signs promoting candidates in the past without any issues.

However, both received citations from the Holiday Isle Improvement Association within hours of posting signs promoting charter boat Capt. Gary Jarvis’ campaign for mayor. Jarvis’ opponent in the race is current Mayor Scott Fischer, the director of the Holiday Isle Improvement Association’s board of directors.

‘Selective enforcement is the first step to control a government in socialism,’ said Osborne. ‘When it comes to rules, they either apply to everybody or nobody when your job is to represent the people.’

Wehunt agreed to have a ‘Captain Gary Jarvis for Mayor of Destin’ sign posted in her front yard after a member of Jarvis’ campaign committee asked her permission.

‘I left to pick up my daughter from school and by the time I came home, I found a citation on my front door,’ Wehunt said.

Wehunt and Osbourne both said they have posted Trump signs in their yards in the past without being cited.

The signage rules and regulations for Holiday Isle are posted on the improvement association’s website and state that signs are prohibited in the right of ways, and only ‘For Rent’ or ‘For Sale’ signs shorter than four feet tall and two feet square in any given area are allowed.

Throughout the neighborhood, ‘Scott Fischer Mayor’ signs that include the phrase ‘preserving the heritage of Destin’ are displayed prominently on personal vehicles in driveways. The magnetic signs are within HOA code, according to Fischer, who said that he hasn’t attended any association meetings or read any emails regarding association issues and is not in any position to comment due to the upcoming election…”

— Maddie Rowley, NWF Daily News

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Legal: “Dora Council not budging on ‘Starry Night’ mural”

Legal: “Dora Council not budging on ‘Starry Night’ mural”

Photo: Tom Benitez, Daily Commercial

“The clock continues to tick for a Mount Dora homeowner to paint over a massive mural adorning her house after the City Council declined Thursday night to suspend fines until a court sorts out the dispute.

Early this year, Nancy Nemhauser commissioned a stylized representation of Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ on a masonry wall outside her home. City code officers initially classified the work as graffiti and ordered it painted over, but the city’s Code Enforcement Department and staff recently reclassified it as an illegal sign. The decision was upheld on Sept. 29 by a city magistrate, who gave Nemhauser 30 days to paint over the mural or face fines.

Undeterred, Nemhauser’s artist, Richard Barrenchea, is extending the mural to cover the entire outside of the house.

On Thursday, Nemhauser’s attorney, James Homich, asked the council to suspend the magistrate’s order while he takes his case to Circuit Court.

He noted that the city did so for Main Street Leasing, which had five large signs on the side of its downtown building that officials deemed illegal.

Homich asked for the same consideration for Nemhauser. The council declined.

He accused the city of ‘selective enforcement…’

City Manager Robin Hayes told the council that she asked for a stay on the sign violations against Main Street Leasing and 13 other cited businesses to give staff and council time to review the ordinance.

But Hayes noted there are different sign regulations for businesses than for residences and reminded council that they will have a chance to review the business sign ordinance at a future workshop. She suggested a separate workshop to review the sign ordinance for residences and for murals… ”

–Roxanne Brown, Daily Commercial