Homeowners Association Calls on Florida Man to Remove Blue Lives Matter Flag
PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – As Pasco County Sheriff’s Deputy, Sean Kennedy has spent 25 years following and enforcing the law. Now he’s in a position where he feels he has to break the law. More precisely, a regulation for its community association.
Kennedy lives with his wife and children in the Foxwood subdivision in New Port Richey. It is a deed-restricted community where lawns are neatly mowed and cars parked in garages.
A Blue Flag floats above Kennedy’s garage, Life Matters, the Homeowners Association recently told him he must remove.
The flag looks like an American flag except for the black stripes and a blue stripe for law enforcement and a red stripe for firefighters.
“People don’t really understand this flag. It has nothing to do with the police, ”Kennedy said. “It was the police who were killed. The meaning of the flag is to support the police officers who have been killed. Not the police which is active at the moment. “
Neighbor James Adams does not understand why the association suddenly asks Kennedy to remove the flag.
“I understand that there are certain guidelines and regulations that we have to follow,” Adams said. “But it’s a bit much.”
Kennedy thinks he understands the timing. A member of the association told him that someone had complained. “I think what’s going on in the world is self-explanatory,” Kennedy said. “The hatred of the police for some horrible action by a guy from Minnesota who comes to tarnish everyone.”
Kennedy says a number of neighbors have weighed in and support his right to fly the flag. He says he has no intention of removing it.
“I’m not taking it off. It’s something I’ve worked for 25 years and believe in, so, and it’s definitely not racist, it’s definitely not hate, ”Kennedy said. “It’s a tribute to the police and firefighters who died.”
8 On Your Side called and emailed the management association who sent the letter and is awaiting a response.