Youth pastor apologizes after hanging Nazi flag

Posted at 12:16 PM, May 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-17 12:59:21-04

(WBBH, NBC NEWSCHANNEL) A Florida youth pastor is apologizing after hanging a Nazi flag to protest new boating rules in his Naples community.

John Gursoy said he was upset after receiving a letter demanding he remove a boat with a two-stroke engine from the community lake after a recent decision by the homeowners association to begin enforcing a ban on them. He said, at the time, comparing the board to Nazi Germany seemed like a good idea.

Neighbors didn't agree.

"A Nazi flag! That is a sign of hatred and a sign of millions of people getting killed for that," said Megan Jerzyk. "I got out of the car and was trying to rip down the streamers. I said, 'This is just horrible that somebody has done this!'"

She and several others began calling the Collier County Sheriff's Office demanding someone remove the flag.

CCSO said they told Gursoy to remove the flag, and he did. 

"It was in very bad taste and I realized that very quickly that that was not an appropriate symbol," he said. 

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