Florida couple fight legal battle over fines for Trump banner
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. A Florida couple are locked in a legal battle with Panhandle County over banned signs showing support for former President Donald Trump.
Walton County officials say the “Trump One” and “Let’s Go Brandon” signs on the porch of Marvin and Paige Bevy’s home violate local signing ordinances. A fine of $50 per day is imposed.
“Let’s go Brandon” is a popular political slogan with Republicans as a veiled and insulting attempt against Democratic President Joe Biden. Walton County is located in the red deepest part of Florida.
After losing an administrative law enforcement hearing last week, Bevy’s attorney Robbie Sickler told the Northwest Florida Daily News that he would take the couple’s case to circuit court and argue that the law violates free speech protections and is enforced selectively based on citizen complaints.
“That’s the definition of selective enforcement,” Sickler said, “they’re not working on a decree-law, they’re working on who’s complaining.” “This creates a hostile environment that pits the neighbor against the neighbor.”
The Peavy Banner issue has become an issue for local Republicans as well as Trump supporters from across the United States
“The support here, really from all over the country, has been unrealistic,” said Big Bevy. “It’s freedom of expression, and that’s what we fight for.”
Law officials said at a hearing Wednesday that the Beavis family had already received orders to pay $1,269 in exchange for 23 days in fines and $119 in administrative fees. Signs are prohibited because they are located along a county road classified as a scenic trail.
“Now we are a mess in this country. People are clinging to their freedoms,” said Big Bevy. “That’s why they support us.”
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