I will preface this with the fact that a law passed in South Carolina several years ago that seems stop residential communities from banning American flag display. IANAL and I haven’t read that law but I’m guessing it doesn’t cover commercial property or the landlord wouldn’t have been this brazen?
What started as a landlord-tenant squabble has turned into a debate about patriotism after a Charleston real estate company ordered the Stars and Stripes and the black-and-white POW emblem taken down, a move Beach Co. officials said they do not plan to amend.
In a letter last month, Beach Management, a division of the Beach Co., said the flags were not authorized and that the plain green banners that had been on Market Street flag poles need to go back.
“We in no way intend to disrespect the country we love, veterans or those military personnel taken as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action,” property manager Donna Brashier wrote to Young and her husband/business partner Marty Young.
In other words, despite us disrespecting the flags our PR spin is going to be that we don’t mean any disrespect. The plain green flag, probably unbeknownst to Beach Management, was the flag of the socialist government of Libya until last year’s revolution.
The flags originally went up at an event honoring veterans last year and stayed up for a while with no problems. Then, according to the article, a neighboring tenant complained after an outdoor party at Chucktown Tavern.
More from the article:
For the next few months the flag flew unnoticed. But the situation soured after Chucktown Tavern hosted an outdoor party this year, seemingly annoying another tenant. That’s when the letter from Brashier showed up.
In addition to the flags, the note listed complaints about improper signs, mismatched deck furniture and noise issues at the bar. The Youngs were told they had 20 days to make corrections or face what was termed landlord “remedies.”
The other items sound like typical neighbor squabbles with the landlord in the middle. However, the following shows that Beach Management and The Beach Company are totally out of touch with reality – especially in an area like Charleston (and a state like South Carolina) with so many veterans and in light of the fact that no city code violations took place with the flags:
What’s even more confounding, he said, is that city leaders say the flags don’t violate any part of the city code. Planning Director Tim Keane said Wednesday that both banners are legal under the city code because they aren’t commercial in nature. He called them “just fine.”
Beach Co. President John Darby said the original green flags are what the Board of Architectural Review permit was granted on. The more “festive” green banners are designed to fit the retail shopping on Market Street, he said, and that he doesn’t see the patriotic flags going back up.
The bar owners plan to contact the Beach Company and appeal the ruling and also ask that state and city flags be flown as well.
The CEO of The Beach Company is John C.L. Darby (according to this link, Darby’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org) and the Chairman of the Board is Charles S. Way, Jr. Donna Brashier is identified in the article as property manager for Beach Management.
You can click here to fill out their contact form or you can contact them by phone or U.S. Mail via the below information:
John Darby, CEO (email@example.com)
The Beach Company
211 King St # 300
Charleston, SC 29401
If you want to lend your support to Chucktown Tavern, contact them below:
159 Market Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Cross-Posted at You Served.