HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – After a tense and often heated public comment and debate segment the City Council Tuesday night approved an ordinance/policy to restrict display of flags on city-owned property to only flying the city, state and national [American] flags, along with occasionally flying the county flag and flags supporting prisoners of war and each branch of the military.
“We’re one community with different cultures, different people, and if anything, it’s a unifying measure,” Burn said. “People have asked if we can fly other flags, whatever they may be, and I don’t believe that we should fly any other flags but equal flags that represent us all.”
The council voted 4-3 approving the ordinance/policy along party lines with Democratic council members Dan Kalmick, Natalie Moser and Rhonda Bolton voting against it.
Republican Councilman Pat Burns, a former Long Beach Police Department Lieutenant, and a publicly proclaimed proponent of “family values” said “Special flags or recognition flags of some sort that aren’t governmental or representative of the community, as one, I don’t believe ha[ve] a space on our government flag poles.”
During the public comments session several individuals who spoke in favor of banning [non-governmental flags] echoed Burns telling city council members along with LGBTQ people and supporters in the audience that display of the Pride flag should not be given preferential treatment.
Former Huntington Beach Mayor and City Councilmember Connie Boardman argued that the proposed ordinance/policy item would prevent the city from flying the Olympic flag, which she pointed out as the City is hoping to host the Olympic surfing competition for the Los Angeles games in 2028 would look bad.
Councilmember Moser told the council and the audience removal of the Pride flag sends out a negative message and would reinforce the city’s reputation as the “Florida of California.”
“It makes us look like the city everybody expects us to be. I don’t believe we are that city, I believe we’re better than that,” Moser said.
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“To me, flying the Pride flag on the government buildings would be a symbolic gesture of a society that I live in accepting the practice of the mutilation of children.” … “The Pride flag has been hijacked by the radical left to further their agenda.”
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[Florida] State Bill Would Ban Flying Most Flags On Government Property
The U.S. flag, the Florida flag and the six-color gay pride flag fly outside Lake Worth Beach City Hall.
“We respect the United States flag of America of course,” Lake Worth Beach Mayor Betty Resch said. “It’s always going to be right on top, but every community has its own flavor.”
She said her city is inclusive to all people, including the LGBTQ+ community.
“It’s a symbol of letting people know that they’re welcome and that we’re celebrating who they are,” she said.
House Bill 1011 says local governments “may for exhibition or display only expose the following flags to public view: state flag, the United States flag, the POW-MIA flag or the official state Firefighter Memorial Flag.”
WPTV reached out to the bill sponsor, Rep. David Borrero, a Republican from Miami-Dade County, earlier this week but he has not returned our calls or emails.
We spoke to several people in West Palm Beach to get their thoughts on this legislation. Some supported it, telling us they like the idea of keeping things simple and not having more flags on display. But they did not want to go on camera.
Rolando Chang Barrero said the pride flag is about celebrating diversity. “I’m not sure if that’s the place for them but I sure like them there. I like feeling welcomed.”
Resch echoed the support of inclusivity and took issue with the state dictating what local cities should do. “It feels very intrusive to have the legislature in Tallahassee tell us what flags we can fly on our streets,” Resch said.
The bill does not directly or specifically target flags like the pride flag or others. But it does limit which flags can be flown on state and local government grounds to just four flags. If passed, the new law would take effect July 1.