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by Al Kirsch, 20 June 2000
The flag of the "Banana Republic of Miami", a satirical flag hoisted by elements of the English-speaking community of
Miami, flown more often after the Elian Gonzalez fiasco. I cannot make out all the detail. The writing says "The Republic of Miami, Dade Co. Florida" and the palm tree has bananas growing on it (a botanical impossibility, but never mind.) The writing near the tree is not legible; perhaps a "founding" date or a "motto"?
Al Kirsch, 20 June 2000
Excerpts from Polk Online Story
MIAMI -- A flag emblazoned with the words ``Banana Republic'' and boasting a bogus city seal flanked by the offending fruit may not be welome at City Hall, but the mocking banner is a hit with the public. With no marketing or outside sales, the sarcastic, green banner has been selling by the hundreds from a local flag factory. It bears a slightly altered version of the city seal; the founding date is changed to the year 2,000.
Flag designer Barbara Dabney was inspired by a request from a local carpenter who was fed up with the flurry of recriminations, corruption charges and abrupt departures of city officials following the Elian Gonzalez federal raid. Ron Snizek walked into the flag store in April and said he was appalled by the Mayor's antics. Snizek said he wished there was a flag for the ``banana republic'' that some said Miami had become.
Snizek flew the first ``Banana Republic'' flag from the back of his pickup truck at a protest. So many people liked it, Dabney produced hundreds more. "We are not trying to be divisive," said Scott Peterson, who bought 40 of the Banana Republic flags to sell at his company.
This flag is intended to be humorous!