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U.S. Marine Gregory Schaffer Ordered to Remove American Flag After Neighbor Complains

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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A U.S. Marine was ordered by local authorities to remove the American flag from his Florida yard after a neighbor filed a complaint. Just days after Gregory Schaffer, 24, installed a flagpole in his front yard, he received a citation from the Town of Hypoluxo for putting it up without a building permit.

"Well he can fly his flag, the issue is that he has to get a building permit," said Tim Large, who heads the building department for the town.

Without the permit, the flagpole will have to be taken down.

"I would love to see the guy be able to do this. To me it's not personal, it's strictly my job," Large added.

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"It's disgusting that anybody should have to go through that. I fought for the flag, now I'm paying for the flag," said Schaffer.

Schaffer said, after serving in Iraq, he feels he must be able to fly the flag in his yard, but he said he harbors no animosity towards his anonymous neighbor for reporting the code violation.

He told WPTV that because he rents the property, he would have to hire a third party contractor to apply for the building permit, which could cost up to a $1,000.

A Hypoluxo building department official said a resident normally has 30 days to comply with the citation, but they will work with Schaffer to make sure he has the opportunity to fly his flag.

Sources: Fox News, WPTV.com