The city of Huntington Beach, Calif., is ordering a bar to remove a sign honoring its most frequent clientele – veterans returning from the Middle East.
Johnny’s Booze and Pool’s message, a fixture for 10 years, proclaims to all passersby, “Thank a veteran for your freedom!”
“I love this place. The sign gives me the pride back that I lost,” an Army veteran told CBS2 Los Angeles. “I struggled a lot when I first came back.”
But after 10 years, someone complained, prompting the city to order the sign’s removal.
“We received a letter in the mail from the city stating that we have to remove it within two days or they were going to fine us, like, $940,” co-owner John Marovic said.
Huntington Beach Mayor Pro-Tem Matthew Harper says he has contacted the city manager about the issue and is waiting for an answer. Harper says he would support granting a variance to allow the sign to remain standing.
The issue has some of the sign’s supporters scratching their heads.
“I can understand city ordinances, but it’s been up there for 10 years,” customer-veteran Tarah Crawford told the station. “I don’t understand why it’s a problem
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