Business Club To Vote On Flag

The Gulfport Business Club may ask Harrison County supervisors to remove the Rebel flag from a public beach display.

The club's executive committee unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday calling for the county to fly only eight American flags or to replace the Confederate battle flag with "a historically accurate flag.'' The club's entire membership of about 150 will vote on the resolution at its regular meeting August 20th.

The Gulfport Business Club was formed three years ago as an independent group that could speak out on controversial issues. They are the latest to voice opposition to the flag's inclusion in the display. But supervisors have stood by their decision to keep the flag at the display.

Business Club member Sherman Muths Junior says the negative publicity of the flag "creates a considerable negative impact on the economic well-being of the Gulf Coast and the state.''