Don't tread on me: Man paints house like American flag in protest of city code

Brent Greer painted his house like the U.S. flag to remind Bradenton City Code Enforcement officials that America is a free country.
By Evan Bleier   |   June 5, 2014 at 12:22 PM   |   Comments

BRADENTON, Fla., June 5 (UPI) -- A Florida man decided to stick it to local code enforcement officials by painting the American flag on his house after they threatened to fine him about issues having to do with the way his home looks.

Brent Greer wanted to remind Bradenton City Code Enforcement administrators that they don't have the right to tell him what his house should look like.

"I want to remind people this is America," Greer told Bay News 9. "This is the home of the free, and I'm not changing because I have some zoning ordinance that doesn't like the way I express myself."

According to code enforcement officials, the problems with the house aren't just cosmetic and there are safety concerns about electric wiring and a rotted porch. Greer's fresh paint job apparently isn't an issue.

"That's fine, it's a good start to paint the house," City Code Enforcement manager Volker Reiss told 10 News.

The city will be inspecting the home on June 16.

"It started off as a statement and that's way I'm going to keep it," said Greer. "I'm not going to paint over it, I like it."

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