By Associated Press - Monday, October 13, 2014

CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) - Cape Coral may soon see a large number of American flags lining the streets of its downtown.

The News-Press reports ( ) that the flags would be flown Monday in support of a hardware store employee Jeffrey Verzi, who put six small flags outside his store to honor the veterans in his family.

An anonymous complaint was made to the city because the flags violate an ordinance that says flags, banners and signs cannot impede the sidewalk or other right-of-way.

The city told Verzi last week he would have to move the flags from city to private property by the end of the month. He refused.

He said he understands why the city would ban advertising signs and banners from sidewalks, but thinks an exception should be made for American flags.

He plans to take the issue to the city council later this month.

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