Marcus Lemonis

Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis said he will fly an American flag instead of erecting a sign in front of his planned Georgetown, Ky., store, but he will need to go back to the Georgetown Board of Adjustment before that can happen.

The Lexington Herald Leader reported that Camping World in Georgetown is set to open this summer near the southbound side of exit 125 on Interstate 75.

In January, Camping World obtained a conditional use permit from the Georgetown Board of Adjustment for a 110-foot-tall sign near the interstate, but the company was denied a request for a 130-foot flagpole because it would constitute a second interstate sign. City zoning ordinances allow for only one interstate sign on the property, and 110 feet is the height limit. Any sign higher than 32 feet would have been considered an interstate sign.

Lemonis tweeted about the denial last Tuesday.

After numerous local media stories about the denial, one Twitter user posted that Lemonis should take down the high-rise sign and put the flag up instead.

 “That’s exactly what I’m going to do,” Lemonis tweeted back. However, he will need approval from the Georgetown Board of Adjustment before that can happen. Charles Perkins, the attorney for the board of adjustment, said the flag that Camping World proposed was 3,200 square feet. According to city sign ordinances, an interstate sign can be no more than 150 square feet.

“(If) he wants to switch it out, he would have to come back and try to do that,” Perkins said.

Perkins said he is aware that flags have been installed at other Camping World stores. He called it a brand identification.

“Frankly, that’s a commercial activity. That’s not the same thing as putting up a commemorative flag.”

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