Ryan Wheatley has displayed an American flag from the second floor of his girlfriend’s Fairway Vista apartment for four months, and he says threats from management won’t get him to take it down.
“I’m an American. My father and grandfather fought for that flag. I’m not taking that flag down for anything,” said the 30-year-old Kentucky native.
He does not live at the apartment rented by his girlfriend but visits often, he said.
A representative of Fairway Vista said she was advised by the company attorney not to comment.
Wheatley, a glazier, said apartment residents were informed a few days before the possible arrival of Hurricane Matthew to remove all items from their outdoor porches.
Wheatley removed a bicycle and other items from the porch. But he left the 3-foot-by-4-foot American flag that is tied by its corners to the outside of the railing overlooking the parking lot.
Fairway Vista representatives told him unless the flag was removed, his girlfriend would be evicted from the apartment complex off Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard.
He expects the apartment complex to allow him to keep the flag on the railing.
“This negative publicity will convince them to back down,” said Wheatley.