Homeowner Marvin Peavy is standing firm, citing free speech, and refusing to take down outlawed 3-story banners from his Florida Seagrove Beach residence that proclaim “Let’s Go Brandon” and “Trump Won” despite mounting daily fines.
(Video Credit: WMBB News 13)
“I’m here on the beach, and I got a lot of traffic, and people needed to see what I believe in,” a smiling Peavy told WMBB-TV. “That’s free speech, and I wanted everyone to know that I’m a Republican and I’m supporting Donald Trump.”
Peavy lives on exclusive State Road 30A in the South Walton community. He is being fined by Walton County Code Enforcement officials $50 per day for not taking down the banners.
A compliance magistrate claimed at a code enforcement hearing in October that the “Trump Won” banner violates the county’s land development code according to the media outlet.
The “Trump Won” banner went up in May and the “Let’s Go Brandon” banner went up on Saturday. On Sunday, a number of people gathered at Peavy’s home to show their support for the banners.
“People admire people that stand up, and we have got to start standing up,” Bill Fletcher, who is the chairman of the Walton County Republican Executive Committee, told WMBB. “He is the epitome of somebody who will stand up for his First Amendment right.”
“I had attended the code enforcement meeting when this was brought up,” supporter Tabitha Howard remarked, “and I was quite shocked when they said they were going to fine him $50 a day for a banner that’s on his private property.”
Peavy has been at this a while. He flew a huge Trump 2020 banner from his home last year. He only took it down after Biden’s inauguration. Walton County didn’t nail him for the banner because it was displayed during an active election cycle. That is allowed under local code evidently.
Michael Lynch, who is a county code compliance official, asserted that the land-use code preserves the visual structure of the peaceful beach vacation community. He says the banner message is irrelevant and that this is not political.
Peavy says he’s not planning on complying and will not take down the banners. They are staying put. He also contends that Americans from all across the nation have offered to pay the fines for him. That includes a Louisiana woman who said she’d pay them for the next two years.
If the code compliance magistrate finds Peavy in violation of their diktat at the Nov. 17 hearing, his fines will be due immediately and will continue to accrue each day the banners remain up.
Peavy is also getting a great deal of support on social media for not budging over the banners:
If it were a sign supporting an accepted message, I don’t know if anything would be said. That’s so sad and makes me fearful for the future of the first amendment. People don’t seem to realize that if you stop one persons free speech, the next voice silenced could be your own.
— Lindsey tebeau (@ToDaLuu84) November 2, 2021
I love this house!! It’s my favorite to visit when we go to 30A!
— H2OS (@H2OTexas1) November 2, 2021
— chic (@rgchic) November 2, 2021
Way To Go, Marvin!! I’m with you, 100%!!
— Alan Chester (@acsi2011) November 2, 2021
Freedom of speech is dwindling…
— Pammypaws (@Pammypaws1) November 2, 2021
Good for you. Keep it up
— Dale Henze (@HenzeDale) November 2, 2021
Let’s go Brandon!
— Linda Williams (@oldandcrazy2) November 2, 2021
— jack hickey (@jackhic37226109) November 2, 2021
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