Home association tells Florida Army vet to remove Puerto Rican flag

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A woman waves the Puerto Rican flag as she takes part in the Puerto Rican Fest 2019 in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood Saturday, June 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky)

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida homeowner association says it’s against the rules for an Army veteran to fly a Puerto Rican flag outside her home.

The Rolling Hills Estates HOA in Kissimmee recently told Frances Santiago that flags other than a U.S. flag, a military flag or a sports flag aren’t permitted.

Santiago tells Orlando television station WFTV-TV that she and her husband, Efrain, decided to fly the flag to support protesters demanding the governor’s resignation in the U.S. territory. Three weeks later, she got a violation notice from the association in the Orlando suburb.

The couple says it may be time for the HOA to revisit its rules, especially with Kissimmee’s growing Puerto Rican population. They’ve hired a lawyer and say they have no intention of lowering their flag.

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