E. Idaho Confederate flag display creates controversy
A Confederate flag displayed on the top floor of the Bonneville apartment complex is drawing ire from some area residents.
The “rebel flag,” as it is commonly referred to, has been flying off the balcony of a fifth-floor apartment in the Bonneville for a number of months. The apartment and flag are positioned across the street from city hall, and can be viewed from the building.
At a recent work session the Idaho Falls City Council discussed the issue of flags placed on city property. The Confederate flag at the Bonneville apartment was mentioned, although it is displayed on private property, as an example of a controversial display of a flag or banner.
Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper said in the meeting that her office had received calls from residents expressing concern over the flag, which is prominently visible in the downtown core.
Casper issued a statement to the Post Register regarding the controversy.
“While I may not agree with someone’s point of view and the way they choose to express it, flying that flag is part of their constitutionally protected right to free speech,” Casper said.
Attempts to contact the tenant at the apartment where the flag is displayed were unsuccessful.
The Bonneville Apartments is set for a full renovation this year after being acquired by Boise-based developer The Housing Company. Residents at the complex are required to vacate the premises by the end of the month. Current Bonneville owner Kent Lott estimates there are 18 to 20 tenants currently remaining in the building.