Tampa condo association to vote on letting people fly Bolts flags

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – From the outside, you can see there is are plenty of Tampa Bay Lightning fans at the Towers of Channelside building. Dozens of banners hang from balconies, even though banners are technically against the rules.

“It will preserve the value of the association and our property,” condo association president Ron Hall said.

However, the rule is not being strictly enforced right now. Residents currently face a warning, followed by a $100 fine if the problem isn’t fixed. However, the condo association is set to vote on a new rule Monday evening at a meeting.

“The exception would be all Tampa Bay professional teams if they make it into the playoffs and championship games, which would include the Bucs, the Rays, as well as the Bolts. Then our members/owners would be able to display their flags and show their support,” Hall said. “Those who have a concern, who have expressed a concern are in the very, very, very small minority.”

“I don’t find them offensive. I think it’s great that we support our team. In particular, we have one of the players that is living here, so it’s kind of nice to support him as well,” resident Carol Kershbaum said about Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, who people say lives in the building.

“You don’t want to offend anybody but this a short time kind of a thing; it’s not like a long-term thing. (It’s the) same thing with holidays; we make exceptions for the holidays. People can decorate the balconies,” Kershbaum added.

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