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Confederate flags now fly where the bust of Robert E. Lee used to sit

FORT MYERS

A confederate flag is currently flying in downtown Fort Myers, where Robert is. E. Lee’s bust was once occupied. That bust has been at the center of a great debate for many years.

WINK News is still trying to determine how long the flag has been there. But reporter Breana Ross saw the flag while she was working on a story about Black History Month.

This is not a union flag many have seen before, but it is one of the original union flags.

Lee County NAACP President James Muwakkil said he noticed the flag and wreath a few weeks ago and asked the City of Fort Myers to remove the flag Tuesday.

The mayor of Fort Myers, Kevin Anderson, said the flag and wreath were in violation of the rules. The City’s legal team will talk about the action to be taken.

Fort Myers City Councilman, Johnny Streets, was saddened to learn that someone had placed these icons here after the tedious fight to get the Robert E. Lee bust and its pedestal removed. “It is childish. This is not going to bring any healing,” says Streets.

“This will not bring any solidarity. It only creates divisions, and this is not entirely possible with America. We can move forward together,” said Streets.

Mayor Anderson isn’t sure when the City can do something about the flag.

Again, we also don’t know who planted the flags and wreaths here, but WINK News will keep you updated as we have more details.

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Tom Vazquez

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