LONG BEACH — After being spurned by the City Council last week, Thomas (Ski) Demski says he wants to let voters decide whether he should be allowed to fly his giant American flag free of city noise restrictions.
If the council refuses to put the issue on a ballot, Demski said he may launch an initiative petition drive aimed at placing a measure before voters.
"They don't know what they're doing," Demski said after the City Council refused by a 7-2 vote Tuesday to grant Demski a waiver from the noise laws. "Now I am going to bring it up at a later council meeting to let the people decide." Vice Mayor Wallace Edgerton and Councilwoman Jan Hall dissented.
Although Demski's 125-foot pole at 4th Street and Lime Avenue has become a local landmark, some neighbors complain that they are kept awake on breezy nights by the loud flapping of giant flags.