A viral video of a Florida man is now affecting the local area after he accused the city of Jacksonville, Florida of citing a business for flying military flags.
The man, who is also a veteran, claims that city officials in the area fined Jaguar Power Sports for flying military flags on top of the building on Monday. The video then went viral, causing Jacksonville, North Carolina officials to be bombarded with emails, telephone calls and social media messages from angry residents thinking the video stemmed from the local area.
“Irate messages to the Jacksonville, NC City Council began shortly after 7:00 p.m. when the video was posted and was shared,” city officials said in a press release. “A Facebook message on the City of Jacksonville NC Government page indicated the misdirected anger. Phone calls were received in the City Manager’s Office this morning and emails flowed to the City Council. Highly negative reviews and sharply worded messages came to the City’s Facebook pages.”
Action News Jax, a local Florida station, reported that the City of Jacksonville only warned the employee about the flags. The business was never issued a fine. The station also reported that the city worker, who allegedly told the man in the video that his previous military service didn’t matter, issued an apology on her Facebook page.
Jacksonville, NC city officials want to remind residents that the city is proud of the military.
“Our Freedom Fountain is dedicated to all who pass through our community in service to their nation,” officials said in a press release. “A significant flag garden, with all the service flags, proudly connects the Freedom Fountain to the Lejeune Memorial gardens, where monuments funded in part by the local governments, memorialize those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and those who served.”