Dec 4, 2015 5:33 PM

Large American flag flying at Chichester business generating controversy

CHICHESTER - A giant American flag flying over Camping World on Route 4 is generating some controversy.

The concern is not about the flag itself, but about it's size and plans for lighting it at night.

Camping World put up the flag several weeks ago after receiving it from their corporate office. Now, the business is looking to install more lights to properly illuminate the flag at night.

A local zoning ordinance doesn't allow businesses to install lights pointing upwards if they affect neighboring businesses. Some in town have already complained about the lighting at the business, saying it causes too much sky glow.

A Vietnam veteran who lives across the street says he hopes the business will compromise and put up a smaller flag.

"It's more like an advertising ploy. It's just where they have something to attract people over there to say: 'look at me; here's my dealership; come over here,'" said John Conway, of Chichester.

But the large flag has supporters too.

"I really don't care if it's for advertising because I think it's the most awesome thing that they ever put up," said Donna Bell of Pittsfield.

Camping World issued the following statement after distributing the large flags to their locations around the U.S.: "By making this proud statement, our goal is to bring local communities together in celebration of everything that has been accomplished by veterans of our country."


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