The Statesville, N.C., City Council voted against changes to a flag ordinance Monday (June 17) night as the debate over a giant American flag at Gander RV on I-77 continues.

WBTV reported that the proposed change would have allowed a 40-by-80-foot flag to fly in a highway business zone. Monday’s vote means the Gander RV flag remains out of compliance. The City’s ordinance does permit a 25-by-40-foot flag.

No one spoke at the public hearing, but each council member commented on the issue before voting.

The vote was 5-3 against the motion to amend the ordinance. Voting in favor of the motion were C.O. Johnson, John Staford and Steve Johnson. Voting against the motion were William Morgan, Roy West, Doris Allison, Keith Williams and Michael Johnson.

The vote does not affect the injunction filed against Gander RV back in May which asks the court to order Gander RV to comply with the ordinance and pay a $50 per day fine.

The owner of Gander RV and reality television star Marcus Lemonis reacted to the vote Monday night when asked what he thought about the news.

“Unbelievable, I’m stunned,” Lemonis said. “When they are faced by people holding them accountable they say the right things, then when they are there to vote and do the right thing they do the wrong thing.“

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