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Published On: Tue, Sep 9th, 2014

Keith Greenberg, Gear Barrel in Florida, told to take down their ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ flag

A Florida business owner was told by city to remove his Gadsden flag displayed outside of his store. The “Don’t Tread On Me” flag must be removed immediately or he’ll have to pay a fine.

 

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Gear Barrel owner Keith Greenberg told TheBlaze that the city said he was permitted to fly the American flag outside his store, but prohibited from displaying anything else outside his business.

 “This is a shock,” he said. “Honestly, I feel like this is Russia. I’ve been around the world … this is what you expect in really closed countries where there is no freedom of expression. Not here — so it’s shocking.”

Reportedly there is a city code of ordinance, section 110-131 which his knife shop now violates and any lack of compliance can result in a fine up to $300.

Greenberg told TheBlaze in their Sept. 8 article that the potential fines would be devastating to his young small business, which he opened in May.

“The city of Ocala is demanding I take this down,” he said.

Greenberg attempted to raise awareness of the city’s threats by posting a YouTube video.

“We find ourselves in a sad place where local municipalities are stepping all over people’s freedom with the signing of a pen,” he said.

Greenberg told TheBlaze he was even more perplexed by the city’s demands because he has spotted other flags being flown at nearby establishments, including Mexican flags flying high over a nearby car lot.

The flag is named after American general and statesman, Christopher Gadsden, who created the iconic flag in 1775 during the American Revolution.

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  1. OrlandoChris says:

    City ordinance is NOT the law and they are violating Keith’s rights. I would sue the city for this behavior.
    Florida needs a good Governor like Adrian Wyllie.
    Why vote between 2 known liars? Florida, we are fortunate enough not to
    be stuck picking one liar or the other this time. We actually have an
    alternative. Take advantage of the opportunity. Adrian Wyllie deserves
    my vote. He is a honest average Floridian just as you and I , that is
    willing to stand up and do something for the interest of all of us here
    in Florida. The other candidates both Republican and Democrat are owned
    and controlled by special interest, like puppets and will lie to your
    face to gain your vote, then continue the same old agenda that we
    complain about year after year. Time to get off this merry-go-round,
    election after election, thinking it will be any different. Take a
    stand, vote for the candidate that loves this state and is willing to
    take time out of his life, effort and money to SERVE the people of
    Florida and stop voting for these ‘paid for’ career politicians that are
    only out for money and fame and have zero interest in us Floridians.
    Even if it’s just for honesty alone, vote for Adrian Wyllie instead of
    the other two (Scott/Crist) which are proven liars. The choice is yours
    and yours alone, if you want the same old corruption and slap in the
    face, go ahead and vote for one of the two puppets (Scott/Crist) OR do
    what is right for our (yours and your children’s) future and vote for
    Adrian Wyllie. Support him by donating to his campaign, spreading the
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