LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- Leland Town Council decided a giant American flag must come down. Back in April, the town threatened to fine the Buy and Go gas station off US 17 because its flag was bigger than an ordinance allows.
The flag does not meet federal standards because it's too big for its pole and would touch the ground if flown at half staff. Town Council is also worried it's being flown for commercialism not patriotism.
"I fought to have the flag flown as it should be flown," said Councilman Herman Barnes. "That's not the way it should be flown. It should never be flown to advertise business."
The council decided to stand by the town ordinance. The business will now get a notice it is not in compliance and have to bring down the flag or face a fine.