Jacksonville business cited for flying military flags; city drops citation after viral video


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WTHR) — A motorcycle dealership took to social media after the City of Jacksonville cited the store for flying military flags on its building.

A manager at Jaguar Power Sports, who introduced himself as Sean, posted a video to its Facebook page, saying a city employee stopped by the store to issue a citation.

"That's right. We just got a ticket in the city of Jacksonville — military-bound city — for flying military flags," the manager said in the video.

There are multiple military bases in Jacksonville and surrounding areas.

The manager went on to say the city employee who had issued the citation, identified as Melinda Power, was also disrespectful to the customers inside the dealership. Sean said a military veteran who had been injured in combat was questioning Power as she wrote the citation.

"She says to him, in the store, 'You did nothing for our country.'"

Sean also said Power gave him an ultimatum regarding the flags: take them down, or go to court.

The video has more than 3 million views and has been shared hundreds of thousands of times.

Once the city caught wind of the video and the citation, the mayor's chief of staff released this statement, according to NBC affiliate, First Coast News:

The business was issued a warning, and was not fined. Warnings are issued to provide property owners information about a possible violation, and corrective action.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry responded to the situation on Twitter, saying the city had dropped the citations, and he was in contact with the business.

The store later posted another video to its Facebook page thanking everyone for the positive response. Another manager, identified as Marcy, also confirmed the city would not make the dealership take the flags down.

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