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Kickstarter project aims to erect unity flag next to giant I-4 Confederate flag

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The giant Confederate flag on Florida’s I-4 highway has been pissing people off since it went up in 2008. It’s 30 feet tall and 60 feet wide and flies 139 feet in the air. When you drive by, it’s like the thing’s screaming at you — what it says depends on where you stand on the matter.

A group called Harmony Branch clearly doesn’t like it. And the organization is ready to scream even louder than the notorious Stars and Bars flying above I-4.

The group launched a Kickstarter page asking for $65,000 to put toward erecting an equally large and gaudy flag of its own. The image on its Kickstarter page — which has 18 days left — shows a human hand making a peace sign with the red-white-and-blue of the American flag as the hand’s skin color.

Here’s where it stands, according to its Kickstarter page:

“When families drive from Orlando parks to our wonderful beaches, they see the biggest rebel flag in the world. It’s on private property and considered free speech. Fair enough. Let’s share a message with visitors and our own community that reflects the real nature of our area.”

The group also breaks down its $65,000 “unity flag” budget on its Kickstarter page.

They want $20,000 to purchase land; $300 for a building permit; $35,000 to erect the pole; $4,000 to create the flag; and $5,700 for rewards and an opening ceremony.

The group is providing a little incentive for its donators, too. If you give $25 you’ll get a unity flag bumper sticker, $45 a unity flag t-shirt, $65 a unity flag car flag, and for $100 you’ll get your name engraved on the flag’s base.

So far the group has raised $2,625 and has 29 backers. As with all Kickstarter projects, donated funds will only be distributed if the full asking amount — in this case $65,000 — gets reached.

To donate, visit the Harmony Branch Kickstarter page.

Devon Crumpacker is a Tampa Bay based writer and reporter for Extensive Enterprises Media. He primarily covers Pinellas County politics for SaintPetersblog.com, but also makes time to write the occasional bar review for FloridaBarTab.com. He lives in St. Petersburg with his fiance, Sydney. To contact, e-mail devon@floridapolitics.com, or visit his Twitter page @DevonCrumpacker.

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