Florida HOA asks Army veteran to remove Puerto Rican flag

Elizabeth Howe
August 14, 2019 - 11:46 am

An Army veteran in Kissimmee, Florida is facing off with her homeowner's association for flying the Puerto Rican flag outside her home. 

Frances Santiago, a 14-year Army veteran with two combat deployments, chose to fly the flag in support of protestors in Puerto Rico asking for the resignation of their governor. 

“I fought for this, to be able to do this. So, I don't see a problem with flying my flag here,” Santiago told Orlando television station WFTV-TV. 

“I'm proud of my roots, who I am, [where] I come from,” Santiago's husband Efrain told the affiliate. “We're not offending anyone. None of the neighbors were offended with us putting the flag there.”

The homeowner's association had something to say about the flag, however. 

The Rolling Hills Estates HOA sent a notice to the Santiagos explaining that only United States, sports, and military branch flags are permitted in their community. 

"We treat all owners the same. If you travel through our community, you will see the only flags are those regulated by the state," the HOA president said in an email to the Santiagos. 

“We have our house, you see, up to standards. We're not doing anything wrong. We're not doing anything to our neighbors by flying our flag,” Efrain Santiago said in response. 

The flag is still flying, and — while they haven't heard anything else from the HOA yet — the Santiagos have hired a lawyer. 

The Rolling Hills Estates HOA did not respond to a request for comment.

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