BARBARA LISTON reuters.com A Florida man who feels he is being unfairly treated by local code enforcement officials has mounted an unusual protest - he painted his house like the American flag.
"It's just total government abuse. This is still America," said Brent Greer, who lives in Bradenton, Florida.
Greer is upset that city code enforcement officers inspected his home in February after an anonymous complaint that a 15-foot(4.5-metre)-tall Christmas tree on his front porch had fallen over, he said.
A code enforcement officer came to inspect, and Greer said, "My wife gladly took it down."
The officer went on to cite Greer for a list of violations including lack of screens on some windows, peeling house paint, yard debris, and some rotted and loose wood, according to a copy of the complaint provided by Greer.
City officials could not be reached for comment. Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
A code enforcement hearing is set for June 17 at which Greer said he could be fined $250 a day.
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