GEORGETOWN, Ky. – In April, The Georgetown Board of Adjustments denied Camping World a permit to fly a large American flag outside its new store off Interstate 75.
At the time, the city said it violated its sign ordinance, saying any flag over 32 feet high and/or greater than 32 square feet is considered an interstate sign. And, because the company had already been permitted an interstate sign, a flag would have been considered a second interstate sign. It is against the sign ordinance to have two interstate signs per parcel.
In the following weeks, the city changed its sign ordinance to make an exception for non-commercial flags.
On Monday evening, The Board of Adjustments approved Camping World’s permit to fly a 5,000 square foot American flag.
“We’re not here to stir up controversy. We treat every store the same. We have the same approach. We have the same flag at all of our locations. It’s part of what we do. We love this country and love doing business in a community like Georgetown. So, we’re very happy with where we are today,” Camping World General Manager Dave Hildebrandt said.
Hildebrandt said he hopes to have the flag ready for the thousands of people he expects to be at the stores grand opening on Saturday.
“The flag is part of who we are. It’s a part of who we all are, but we love to show it off,” Hildebrandt said.