The “Virginia Flaggers” group raise a Confederate battle flag on a pole near Interstate 95 in Chester, Va., in this 2013 AP file photo. The group says it has no plans to remove the flag along Interstate 95 in Stafford County, which has been criticized by some residents as a racist symbol. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
WASHINGTON — A huge Confederate flag can continue flying 80 feet above Interstate 95 in Stafford County after officials dismissed an appeal to have it deemed unlawful.
Stafford County’s Board of Zoning Appeals declined to consider a request to have the flag declared an unlawfully large sign on Tuesday.
NBC4 reports the board members decided the petitioners did not have legal standing to make the request because they don’t live nearby.
Clark Leming represents Patricia Joshi and Thomas Jones, who brought the appeal to the board. He said the flag affects his clients’ quality of life.
“It’s a threat and it’s intimidating,” Leming said….