Crestview City Council dodges flag issue, sets Nov. 14 meeting


Civic leaders, residents and out-of-town Confederate heritage group members pack the Crestview City Council chamber Monday evening in anticipation of discussion about the Uncle Bill Lundy Memorial.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 02:15 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The Crestview City Council chamber overflowed with visitors Monday in anticipation of discussion about the Uncle Bill Lundy Memorial and the Confederate battle flag fluttering above it.

At Council President Robyn Helt’s request, the council unanimously agreed to schedule a special meeting to discuss the issue in a larger venue.

Local NAACP chapter President Sabu Williams' request to address the council on the matter was scheduled as the third topic under the regular City Council meeting's 10th agenda item.

Community leaders, out-of-town Confederate heritage group members and curious residents filled every available chair and stood in the back of the chamber and in the hallway.

 Noting the large turnout and saying she wanted to assure everyone could be accommodated, Helt suggested removing the agenda item completely and rescheduling it.

Councilman Joe Blocker moved to call a special meeting to take action on the matter in a venue "that can hold a thousand people."

After caution by city attorney Jerry Miller to restrain from hyperbole in a legally binding motion, the motion was modified to holding the meeting at the Crestview Community Center.

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