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National Retailer Upset With City Of Georgetown Over Flag

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 GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) -- A National outdoor retailer is fighting with the city of Georgetown over their proposal of a massive American flag.

Camping World will open their second location in Scott County this summer and they want to add a 130-foot flagpole and a 3200 square foot flag. The city says that the size of the flag violates an ordinance.

The reasoning behind the controversy is that the company applied for and was approved for a 100-foot tall sign off the interstate, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

The company then requested for the 130-foot tall flagpole and flag also off I-75. That request was denied because a flag that big would be considered a second sign.

Camping world CEO Marcus Lemonis, who is known for his role in the CNBC show "The Profit" tweeted last week, calling out the city.

"What's up with not allowing an American flag?" he asked

Similar flags have been, or are being installed at many of Camping World's more than  100 locations across the country.

Georgetown planner Matt Summers told LEX 18, in part, "Camping World requested approval of a flag pole taller than that allowed by right in the sign ordinance. They also requested approval of a flag larger than that allowed by right."

Lemonis' tweet had been share more than 260 times so far.

If pressed to choose between the sign or the flag, he says he would choose to keep the flag.

Georgetown's mayor has released the following statement about the retailer's flag restriction:

Insurance agent Nate Schwartz suggested a compromise.

"They can still put up a sized flag to the maximum or couple of flags and it'll still be good for the company," said Schwartz. 

The city council will meet next Monday to discuss a possible ordinance change. 

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