Danedri Thompson
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The Gardner Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) will decide Dec. 3 whether Perkins can fly a large American flag outside its restaurant set to open soon at 2000 E. Santa Fe.
According to the application for a variance that would allow the large flag to fly atop a 70-foot-flag pole, Perkins restaurants first began flying large flags during the Vietnam War.
“It was and continues to be a patriotic gesture,” the application explains.
Gardner ordinance sets a maximum size for flags and a maximum flag pole height. Perkins seeks a variance from both.
The restaurant chain has large flags at most of its restaurants, though other cities have requested slight variances. For example, a Des Moines restaurant requires a short flag pole because of its proximity to an airfield.
The BZA, which meets only when necessary, will consider the issue at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 at city hall.