The Gander RV flag remains outside of the allowance by city ordinance. On Monday night, the Statesville City Council opted not to pass a motion to change the ordinance limiting the size of the flag.
The motion to allow a larger flag to continue to fly by changing the ordinance relating to it failed 3-5 in Monday night’s Council meeting. John Staford, C. O. “Jap” Johnson and Steve Johnson voted for the defeated change in the ordinance. William Morgan, Roy West Jr., Doris Allison, Michael Johnson and Keith Williams voted against it.
The issue revolves around Gander RV, formerly Camping World, which on Morland Drive flies a 40-by-80 foot flag off Interstate 77. The city’s current ordinance limits flags to 25 by 40 feet.
The Statesville Planning Board had a special midday meeting last Monday and approved a recommendation to Statesville City Council to increase the flag size limit. City staff suggested the ordinance be amended to limit flag size to 40-by-80 feet at that meeting. These large flags are only allowed in areas zoned for Highway Business or General Business. The property must have at least 100 feet along an interstate.
Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis brought Statesville’s and 11 other cities’ ordinances keeping the company from flying giant flags to the nation’s attention by tweeting to the 1.3 million followers he had at the time in 2017. He put up a flag outside the ordinance’s allowances and the city filed a complaint against Camping World for refusing to follow an ordinance in May. Gander Outdoors, also owned by Lemonis, started a petition on change.org supporting Gander RV’s flag. It has more than 300,000 signatures.