Holly Hill eases military flag law after man threatens lawsuit

Local vet refuses to pay city to fly flags

HOLLY HILL, Fla. - Holly Hill commissioners voted to change the law allowing businesses to fly four military flags on their property after a man fought the city's previous maximum of three flags.

The city voted 3 to 1 on Tuesday night's meeting to change the law adding the extra flag.

Eddie Colosimo, the owner of the group Bikers for First Amendment Rights, says he wants to honor veterans and fallen heroes, but the city says he's breaking
the law by flying too many flags.

The city allows four flags at each business and the owner next door to
Colosimo is willing to allow him to fly his flags on his property, so he could fly all eight flags.

The previous city ordinance meant to target advertisements and banners only allows three flags at city businesses. For each additional flag, Colosimo
was required pay $1 a day each time the flags are flown.
"My position always has been when it comes to paying for permits for these flags (is that) these flags been paid for in blood, sweat, tears and lives," Colosimo told Local 6 last month.
Colosimo refuses to fork over the cash to the city to fly the military flags at his business off Ridgewood Avenue.

Colosimo says he has been flying the military flags for years.

"It's a slap in the face to the military," Colosimo said.

Because of the uproar to the recent flag ordinance, city commissioners met last month and voted to put off making a decision to figure out their next step. 

Colosimo said he will keep flying the flags hoping city members will support his  decision free of charge.

"I'm a little frustrated, but there is light at the end of the tunnel," Colosimo said in April.

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