A Confederate flag is panned, but not banned

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MANASQUAN — A Confederate flag has been flying over a Manasquan beachfront property and one neighbor was unhappy enough about it to seek an expression of disapproval from the borough council.

Borough resident Mary Ryan, who is also the president of the Manasquan Beach Improvement Association, addressed the borough council at its meeting on Monday, Aug. 21 — and requested that the council denounce the flag as “a symbol of arrogance and superiority, bigotry, intolerance and hatred.”

Council members and Mayor Edward Donovan elected to agree with Ms. Ryan through personal comments rather than any official action, however.

The flag is flown on a flagpole at 189 Beachfront, which is located in the heart of the commercial district at the beach — right next to Gee Gee’s. It was flying on Big Sea Day on Sunday, Aug. 13, and as recently as Monday night. On Tuesday afternoon, a Russian Federation flag was flying in its place. A Donald Trump flag is also flown on the flagpole.

According to a guest at the house who declined to give his name, the house is rented by a group of people from Hoboken, one of whom is responsible for the choice of flags.

After Ms. Ryan’s remarks, the council adjourned without commenting on the matter, though members expressed distaste for the Confederate flag display when interviewed later.

While noting, “I certainly don’t like what it symbolizes,” Mayor Edward Donovan said there is little the borough can do about a Confederate flag being flown on private property.

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