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(FOX Carolina) – The legal battle over a large Confederate flag flying over I-85 continued Tuesday in Spartanburg’s Board of Zoning Appeals meeting. But the argument isn’t over the flag itself—its about whether or not the owners have authority to place the flagpole on this property in the first place.
This is a debate that’s been going on for months now. The county ordered property owners to remove the flagpole because it violated an ordinance. Then the owners appealed that decision. We heard the owners argument Tuesday —which in the end was compelling enough for the board to vote against the county’s decision.
“What matters is, is that flagpole is in compliance with our ordinances” asked Board member Thomas Davies during the meeting.
That was one of several questions debated during the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting. Fueling over an hour of contentious back and forth.
At one point, board member Angela Geter asked “if this property is not being used for anything then why do they need a flagpole on it?”
Board member Glenda Brady replied “because it’s American if they want to put a flagpole on it they can put a flagpole on it.”
“And based upon that argument, America also says they need a permit” replied Geter.
Spartanburg County leaders say property owners, Sons of Confederate Veterans’ organization, violated a county ordinance by placing this flagpole without the proper permits.
“All this is doing is stifling free speech. If you put…I-85 Confederate flag will stay put for now, as Board of Zoning Appeals votes in favor of property owners