The Statesville (N.C.) City Council has reached an agreement with Gander RV that will allow the business to fly its large American flag, according to WCNC.
The vote happened before Monday (Oct. 7) night’s city council meeting.
The debate over the massive flag has been going on for over a year. The 40-by-80-foot flag can be seen from Interstate 77 as you enter the city.
The mayor first announced the settlement agreement, which includes Gander RV paying $14,350 for their violation and $2,000 for legal costs. The city will amend the ordinance so the massive flag is in compliance.
Council approved the first reading of the request to amend the ordinance to allow the larger flag now flying at Gander RV Monday evening. The vote was unanimous. The second reading will be on Oct. 21.
Supporters of the American flag came out to the city council meeting to express why the issue was so important to them.
“I served in the military during Vietnam and I had a lot of friends give their life for the flag,” veteran Sonny Dill said.
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