Published: Aug 30, 2010 3:53 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 30, 2010 12:53 PM EDT

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) - A South Florida police official is fighting his homeowner association's request that he remove a patriotic display from his garage door.

Joe Milenkovic is the assistant police chief in Delray Beach. Four-inch magnetic letters spell out "God Bless America" across the top half of the 45-year-old's garage door in Coral Springs.

The homeowners association says that violates a rule prohibiting signs displayed without written permission. The property manager has proposed Milenkovic put up a flag instead.

Milenkovic argues his display is not a sign because it consists of individual magnets.

Neighbors say they support the homeowners association's enforcing its rules.