FL man upset with code enforcement paints flag on home

BRADENTON, FL (CNN/WFLA) - A Florida man says he's tired of being hounded by code enforcement about how his house looks, so he decided to make a patriotic change.

He painted the home to look like an American flag.

There's a sign out front, thanking neighbors for their support.

The brand new paint job is the homeowners' message to the Bradenton City Code Enforcement.

Back in February, a code enforcement officer responded to a complaint because a Christmas tree was still displayed in front of the home.

While on site, the officer noticed a long list of other code violations like problems with old paint and windows.

They say the city is threatening to fine them based on strictly cosmetic issues.

Brent Greer says it's not the city's business to tell him what his home should look like. "It's to remind the city and all those who live here that this is America," said Greer. "This is a free country. This is my home. This is not a shrine to Riverview Boulevard."

"I got seven adopted kids, we're foster parents," said Greer. "Kids coming in and out of my house, they're my priority. My house is safe. It's state certified safe."

Greer plans to paint the Liberty Bell on the second floor.

They face a hearing with the code enforcement board on June 17.

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