Navy war veteran takes on homeowner’s association after they demand he remove a patriotic decoration

A Florida Navy veteran is in a legal fight with his homeowner’s association after he refused to take down a patriotic decoration on his mailbox.

WCTV reports that the Southwood Residential Community Association in Tallahassee sent a letter to retired U.S. Navy Officer, John Ackert, demanding that he take down an American flag decoration from his mailbox.

“I view this as a form of bullying to be honest. And I think people should stand up to bullying of any form, and particularly this,” Ackert told WCTV.

According to the homeowner’s association, Ackert’s decorated mailbox is “not in consonance with their aesthetic values here in Southwood.”

Ackert claimed that in the past, the homeowner’s association asked him to remove a “Support Leon County Sheriff’s Office” sticker, a Navy sticker, and a Special Olympics sticker, but he felt they crossed the line when they told him to take down his mailbox decoration. Neighbor Mike Patel agreed.

“The man’s a veteran, he served the country. It’s just a mailbox with a flag, I don’t think it’s right. He owns the house, he can at least have that.”

The letter stated Ackert must take the decoration down within 15 days or face fines, but the veteran is appealing the demand.

On Thursday, the homeowner’s association replied to Ackert’s appeal and said they would bring it up during the Covenants Committee meeting on August 8.

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