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Tempe in battle with businessman over banners

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Posted: Thursday, February 17, 2011 1:26 pm

As Presidents Day nears, a Tempe businessman is refusing to wave surrender in his battle with the city over the stars and stripes.

Brian Epstein says his red, white and blue signs in front of his car wash are patriotic and honor America.

Tempe says they're illegal.

The city allows businesses to fly one American flag year-round. But the city places tougher restrictions on banners and other decorations.

The Arizona Republic says Tempe code-enforcement officers are demanding that Epstein take down his big feather-shaped signs.

City spokeswoman Kris Baxter-Ging says Epstein's decorations are considered wind sail banners and not flags and are illegal according to Tempe code.

Epstein says he has no plans to remove his signs because his customers say they look like the American flag.

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