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Fight Over Flag House Ends

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Bradenton, Fla. (FOX 13)The city of Bradenton has closed its code enforcement case against a man who painted an American flag on his house.

"It's great. They should've dropped it and never opened it," Brent Greer told FOX 13.

"[I] decided to paint the American flag in order to show this is still America," Greer explained back in July.

He added that he did it to show he wouldn't just lie down in the face of what he feels was unfair treatment by his local government.

It started with a dead Christmas tree outside of his house. Someone reported it to code enforcement, prompting officers to investigate his property.

They ended up reporting other violations, like issues with the paint, missing window screens and loose railings. Trash was also reportedly on the property.

Facing a $250-a-day fine, Greer became fed up and started painting the flag.

Support poured in from across the country as his house made national headlines.

Still, in June the code enforcement board said he'd have to fix the issues or pay up. Help came in the form of volunteers, including the Guardian Angels of Southwest Florida. They helped paint and fix windows.

"It's now an attraction. People love it; the response has been overwhelmingly positive. I wouldn't change it for anything," Greer said.

"At first it was it was in protest, but now it's going to stay," Greer said.


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