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Homeowner facing $300-a-day fine for displaying too many Trump signs

The Trump supporter has nearly 10 times the signage allowed by city codes, officials said
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A Haverhill homeowner faces steep fines after city officials told him that the number of Trump campaign signs he has on his lawn exceed limits imposed by local codes.

Richard Early III refuses to remove the signs and said that the ordinance is a violation of his freedom of speech.

“This is my property, and I have a constitutional right to express my opinions,” Early told CBS Boston. “They’re not coming down.”

City regulations limit any political signs on private property to a maximum of 32 square feet per property, according to the Eagle Tribune. Early told the paper that his biggest sign alone is 4 feet by 8 feet, already violating the city regulation.

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In total, city officials said they found Early’s signs add up to over 300 square feet of space.

“He’s way in excess of what’s allowed. That’s all he’s been cited for is that he’s over the signage that’s allowed by city ordinance,” city building inspector Dick Osborne told CBS.

The city reportedly sent a letter to Early on Sept. 6, advising him that he had one week to remove the signs before facing fines that could total up to $300 for each day he refuses to remove the signs.

“They’re not coming down. I think it’s my right to keep them up, and I’m gonna keep them up,” he told CBS.

 
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