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Camping World CEO won’t remove massive American flag that flies above his North Carolina RV store despite city’s lawsuit and fines

Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis is in a battle against city leaders over the huge American flag that flies high above his Gander RV business in Statesville, North Carolina, along Interstate 77.

Lemonis, who’s best known for his CNBC television show, “The Profit,” has refused to remove the 40-by-80 foot flag that the city said is too large and violates a city ordinance.

“There is no way that flag is coming down,” Lemonis tweeted Saturday.

The city recently filed a lawsuit seeking to force the company to take down the flag. It has also imposed a $50-a-day fine.

The city ordinance in question states that a flag within 100 feet of a highway can’t be larger than 25-by-40 feet. A measure to amend the ordinance failed in October, WSOC-TV reported.

The fine, which is retroactive to Oct. 15, would be nearly $11,000 if paid today.

But the self-made millionaire isn’t concerned about the lawsuit or fines his company now faces.

“I don’t care if it goes to $500 a day. It’s not coming down,” Lemonis told WSOC.

The issue is personal to the Lebanese-born American entrepreneur.

“My family has been car dealers, had been car dealers since the 1960s, and our key trademark was always flying our flag in our dealership in south Florida,” Lemonis told the news outlet. “My family is largely immigrants of the country.”

Over the weekend, Lemonis launched a petition on change.org that has garnered more than 87,000 signatures as of Tuesday morning.
“Many cities like Statesville have requested that Camping World and Gander Outdoors take down their American Flags. WE WON’T DO IT! Stand with us,” the petition says.

“This is about more than just the flag. This is about our Veterans, Military, and the men and women that have sacrificed for this great country. They are the reason we fly the flag and they are the reason we will NOT take it down!”

The company hopes that the petition will give city leaders some insight into the public’s view on the issue.

“I think it would be a good way for elected leaders to see how people actually feel,” Lemonis told WJZY-TV.

The matter wasn’t discussed during Monday’s city council meeting, WJZY reported.

“The property that’s there belongs to us, we pay taxes and the size of the flag isn’t hurting anybody,” Lemonis said.

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Ron Pepperday

    May 22, 2019 at 11:43 am

    BRAVO< BRAVO< BRAVO !!! STAY THE COURSE AND NEVER GIVE AN INCH !!!

  2. Larry S. Buchanan Jr.

    May 22, 2019 at 11:49 am

    Local governments need to be taken down a notch. Better yet, flood that city hall with emails, letters, and phone calls. This is bureaucratic nonsense taken way to far.

  3. paulette barrow

    May 22, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    AMERICA IS BEING TAKEN OVER FROM WITHIN AND AMERICANS ARE TO STUPID TO SEE IT

  4. margaret erben

    May 27, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    KEEP THAT FLAG FLYING!!! HECK WE CAN TAKE UP A COLLECTION IF NEED BE!!! GOD BLESS YOU AND GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

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