Up In The Air: Fate of Lexington hate flag uncertain...
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Via The Roanoke Times:
"A huge Confederate battle flag just outside of Lexington flies in the face of zoning regulations, Rockbridge County officials said Tuesday.
The flag, or more specifically an 82-foot-tall pole on which it was raised over the weekend, sits too close to a right-of-way maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation along Midland Trail, County Administrator Spencer Suter said.
County officials stressed that their determination was based strictly on a reading of the zoning ordinance, and was not influenced by controversy in Lexington and across the country over displays of the Confederate flag.
The Virginia Flaggers, a group that opposes efforts to remove the rebel flag from public places, erected the 20-by-30-foot flag on Saturday morning — at the same time an anti-racism group was holding a parade in downtown Lexington that was aimed at least in part at keeping the flag at bay."
|172 A. West Midland Trail is zoned B-1. (Image courtesy of Rockbridge County)|
|Rockbridge County setback requirements. (Image courtesy of Rockbridge County)|
"On Tuesday, Rockbridge County officials notified The Virginia Flaggers and the owners of private property on which the flag stands of a violation of the zoning ordinance, Suter said. The rules require a structure — in this case defined as something taller than 30 feet — to sit at least 20 feet away from the right-of-way of a public road.
“This has nothing to do with the flag,” Suter said. “This has to do with the placement of the pole, which is a structure.”
Suter said the flaggers or the property owners will have 45 days to meet the requirements of the zoning ordinance, either by taking the flag down or moving it a few feet farther from the road to comply with the set-back requirements. Relocating the flag would require a building permit, which was not obtained earlier."
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I don't really think that this all comes as any surprise to them, because I think they knew all along they weren't staying within the confines of the law, which is probably why Mr. Rowsey had already stated that the Flaggers were going to pay all of the fines. Get your popcorn ready.
Restoring the honor!