Dr. Nick Kavouklis calls himself a patriotic. He says that 90 percent of the time, he has an American flag flying outside his dental office in Tampa.
Drivers can see it as they go along Interstate 275. But just before the Republican National Convention, Dr. Nick decided to switch out the flag to a Romney flag.
He had it a custom 8 foot by 12 foot flag made that says "With Romney, Believe in America."
But on Thursday, he had a visit from City of Tampa Code Enforcement.
"He said you have to take your flag down. We've received a complaint from City Hall," Kavouklis said.
Dr. Nick took it down and could have just put it behind him, leaving his flag to collect dust. But then he slept on it and decided he would fight it.
"The inspector warned keeping the flag up would come at price. $90 for the first fine, $125 for the 2nd fine and $225 plus a mandatory court appearance if he still keeps it up," he said.
Dr. Nick said it would be worth it.
"$400 seems like a pretty cheap price for me to pay to maintain my freedom of speech. And I'll take my chance that the judge is a Romney supporter," he said.
But it wasn't a very long fight. By Friday afternoon, the city says they reviewed the ordinance. They say the warning to Dr. Nick was a misinterpretation of the ordinance. The ordinance says if it's on private property, on a single flag pole, it can be flown.
Dr. Nick is glad he didn't just give up.
"If we don't stand up for what we believe, if we're frightened and we have to hide because we believe one way and someone else believes another, then we're probably in trouble as a country," he said.
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