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Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis is in a battle against city leaders over the huge American flag that flies high above his Gander RV business in Statesville, North Carolina, along Interstate 77.

Lemonis, who’s best known for his CNBC television show, “The Profit,” has refused to remove the 40-by-80 foot flag that the city said is too large and violates a city ordinance.

“There is no way that flag is coming down,” Lemonis tweeted Saturday.

The city recently filed a lawsuit seeking to force the company to take down the flag. It has also imposed a $50-a-day fine.

The city ordinance in question states that a flag within 100 feet of a highway can’t be larger than 25-by-40 feet. A measure to amend the ordinance failed in October, WSOC-TV reported.

The fine, which is retroactive to Oct. 15, would be nearly $11,000 if paid today.

But the self-made millionaire isn’t concerned about the lawsuit or fines his company now faces.
“I don’t care if it goes to $500 a day. It’s not coming down,” Lemonis told WSOC.

The issue is personal to the Lebanese-born American entrepreneur.

“My family has been car dealers, had been car dealers since the 1960s, and our key trademark was always flying our flag in our dealership in south Florida,” Lemonis told the news outlet. “My family is largely immigrants of the country.”

Over the weekend, Lemonis launched a petition on that has garnered more than 87,000 signatures as of Tuesday morning.
“Many cities like Statesville have requested that Camping World and Gander Outdoors take down their American Flags. WE WON’T DO IT! Stand with us,” the petition says.

“This is about more than just the flag. This is about our Veterans, Military, and the men and women that have sacrificed for this great country. They are the reason we fly the flag and they are the reason we will NOT take it down!”

The company hopes that the petition will give city leaders some insight into the public’s view on the issue.

“I think it would be a good way for elected leaders to see how people actually feel,” Lemonis told WJZY-TV.

The matter wasn’t discussed during Monday’s city council meeting, WJZY reported.

“The property that’s there belongs to us, we pay taxes and the size of the flag isn’t hurting anybody,” Lemonis said.

  • Joseph Kempski says:

    Fuck north carolina. Who the fuck are they to say what flag flies.

  • Kara says:

    I am a Viet Nam vet and I wholeheartedly thank Mr Lemonis for this wonderful display of honoring his love for America. This should not even be an issue! The politicians need to conduct the peoples’ business and not waste time on trivial things.

  • Sue says:

    Leave the flag alone and let Camping World fly it. The larger the American Flag, the better I like it. If it’s on Mr. Lemonis’ property he should be able to fly any size American Flag he wants to put on a pole!!!!

  • MissD says:

    Stand strong ! F the liberals !! We are ready for a civil war !

  • Michael Jusko says:

    You guys get it…THANK YOU for loving our country and please keep fighting!!

  • jan says:

    I love that he’s flying that big flag!! I’m one who likes the appearance of being larger than life!! He is a true patriot, standing up for what is right, honoring those who fought for our freedom.
    Just curious…if it was a Muslim-country flag, would this be an issue?
    The states need to understand we own our property, which gives us the right to post or grow whatever we want…bad enough they make us pay property tax on our own land…now to tell what we can display on it too????
    I vote we put Pelosi & all her little geeky demoncrat friends out there on a bench mounted 100 feet in the air…airlift them up and then leave them there…

  • Camping world stores, in general, suck for customer service on the RV’s they sell. You can get a pretty good deal on an RV or the stuff they sell as accessories, etc. But warranty work….good luck.
    BUT I’ll stand with him on this issue. Our flag, Our rights to fly it, won’t put up with petty political pinheads pissing and moaning about it.

  • CF