The Sons of Confederate Veterans wants drivers in the Tampa area to see the massive flag — 30 feet high and 50 feet long — atop a 139-foot pole, the highest the Federal Aviation Authority would allow. It would be lit at night.
With the pole already in the ground and building permits in hand, the group is on its way to having what it calls the "world's largest" Confederate flag in place by mid 2009.
Several nearby business owners don't mind. It's history, they say, and it's on private property.
The NAACP does mind, however.
When Hillsborough County NAACP president Curtis Stokes heard about the plans to have the flag flying next year, he was shocked.
The county has wrestled with sensitive Confederate issues in the past. In 1994, the Confederate flag was removed from the county seal.
Flags Across Florida started about eight years ago, after the Confederate flag was removed from the Capitol in Tallahassee.
So far the group has two major flags erected: one in Suwannee County along Interstate 75 and one in Havana along U.S. 27.