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Can Towbin Trump Las Vegas Size Restrictions?
Was the quip about the car dealership made by a Palm Beach city official worthy of a Nostradamus quatrain?
Bigger Flag = Bigger Patriot or just Bigger Ego?
Consider the plight of multimillionaire and reality television favorite Donald Trump who in 2020 sought to persuade Palm Beach, Florida into permitting him to fly an oversized American flag at his Mar-A-Lago resort. The Liberty Post quotes him as saying that as soon as a permit is needed to erect an American flag it will be a "sad day" for the United States.
Measuring 15x25 feet, his flag was erected on an 80 foot pole and thus exceeded local ordinances by about 38 feet; in addition, city officials alleged that Mr. Trump failed to receive an official permit for his pole building to which the real estate magnate's lawsuit responded with an unforgettable line asserting that anything smaller would not properly display "the magnitude of Donald J. Trump's and the Club's members' patriotism." You can't make this up.
Bigger Flag + Shorter Pole + $100,000 in Donations = Carte Blanche
In an interesting twist, Palm Beach finally had enough of the arguing and even though disparaging remarks - such as the one reported by the Palm Beach Post that compared the flying of the flag to making the resort look like an "Okeechobee car dealer" - continued to fly back and forth, in an inimitable Trump-ism the real estate millionaire asserted that his flag was in size identical to the one flown over the White House, which effectively shut up the critics.
The matter was finally resolve by Mr. Trump's agreeing to shorten the pole by about 10 feet (allowing the city officials to save some face) and making donations totaling $100,000 to a number of Iraq veteran charities, in exchange for Palm Beach leaving him alone and not pressing any fines.
Even Bigger Flag + Even Bigger Flagpole = Car Dealership???
Was the quip about the car dealership made by a Palm Beach city official worthy of a Nostradamus quatrain? On 01-28-08 - just a bit over a year after Trump trumped Florida - Las Vegas' Towbin Hummer is flying a flag that is hooked to 109 foot pole and measures 30x50 feet, making Trump's stab at patriotism look like a mere hanky fluttering in the breeze. This dealership is now embroiled in a legal dogfight, as mentioned on the local Eyewitness News Channel 8, and there is not a compromise in sight.
Who Is Towbin Hummer?
Lest you scoff quickly, consider that Towbin Hummer has at the helm Carolynn Towbin (shattering at least one stereotype right there) whose leadership has propelled the car dealership to the forefront of community events, such as her active involvement in the KLASS KIDS campaign. Located at 5555 West Sahara, her locale is not a slap in the face of gambling aficionados who might be offended by her unwillingness to leave the mystique of ancient Egypt alive in Sin City.
What Is It With 40 Feet?
Once again city ordinances are named which appear to limit the size of a flag pole to 40 feet, and once again assertions are made that other businesses in town are flying bigger than standard sized flags. It is interesting to note that online blogs, such as Clean MPG, are getting in on the action and the general consensus is that yes, it is an advertising gimmick, but no, it is not out of line for a city like Las Vegas.
Bigger Flag + Fake Pyramid + Fake Medieval Castle = Business As Usual In Vegas?
Therein then lies the rub, does it not? Las Vegas is a city known for its excesses and it has allowed a fake pyramid with a light at its tip that can be seen from space; it offers illusionists, half naked dancers, bigger resorts, bigger casinos, bigger gaming tables, bigger payouts, and so why not also bigger flags?
It is anyone's guess if the hummer dealership will be able to resolve the issue amicably or if Las Vegas city officials will dig in their heels. While citing feelings of bigger patriotism as being the driving force behind flying such a huge flag might be questionable to some, the fact that other businesses are currently displaying bigger than usual flags in that venue showcases that size is not really at issue and unless a decisive ruling is made on what the limit of good taste might be, the flag will most likely continue to fly.
Aside, considering that every burger joint is flying the American flag these days, it is a bit too late to assert crass commercialism when a business permits the stars and stripes to flutter in the breeze; that horse has left the barn and the doors are wide open now!