Officials say flagpole still in violation amid appeal

Officials said the appeal could be heard at the next meeting which is scheduled for Dec. 20.
Published: Nov. 19, 2022 at 3:05 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 21, 2022 at 11:27 AM EST
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - A Confederate flag is back on display along I-85 after Spartanburg County officials called for the flagpole to be removed due to a land ordinance violation.

As of Nov.18, the flag is back on display after it was taken down sometime in the first week of November and replaced with a version of the South Carolina state flag.

According to Spartanburg County officials, the flagpole is still in violation.

Earlier in the month, Councilman David Britt said the group had until Nov. 10 to comply before county code officials visit the site and begin the legal process to remove the flagpole.

Spartanburg County officials said the property owner appealed their Notice of Violation. Officials also said the appeal could be heard at the next Board of Zoning Appeals meeting which is scheduled for Dec. 20.

“County council’s calculated attempt to limit the free speech of its citizens should strike fear in the hearts of everyone in Spartanburg County,” Christopher Rucker, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, said at the Spartanburg County Council meeting on November 21. “Today it’s the sons of confederate veterans in the crosshairs of county council but tomorrow if we let them succeed it may be your property and your free speech rights at risk.”

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