- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 5, 2014

A Florida homeowner, feeling he is being unfairly treated by his local government, has painted his house like the American flag out of protest.

“[I] decided to paint the American flag in order to show this is still America,” Brent Greer, of Bradenton, told a local Fox affiliate.

The problems began after the city’s code enforcement officers inspected his home after someone reported a dead Christmas tree in the front of his house.

They reported other items such as trash and missing window screens, threatening to fine him $250 a day if he didn’t shape up.

“They’re threatening me and my family,” he told the station.

But Mr. Greer didn’t get angry, he got even. His new red, white and blue paint job is completely within the city code.

“Code compliance is all we’re looking for,” said code compliance manager Volker Reiss, the Fox affiliate reported.

A code enforcement hearing has been scheduled, but officials hope the matter can be resolved before then.

“We have 3,000 cases a year and less than 100 go to a hearing,” Mr. Reiss told the station.