This California man gave his overreaching local government the middle finger in the best way possible

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Many Americans are just starting to wake up to the reality that much of the issues the nation faces are a direct result of power-hungry elites in the federal government.

As a result, many are overlooking the fact that the same issues are prevalent throughout every level of government and may even be far worse in small local governments.

Now this California man gave his overreaching local government the middle finger in the best way possible.

CA man paints mural to “hide” his boat

Etienne Constable, a resident of Seaside, California, was told by local government officials that he had to construct a 6-foot fence to hide his boat from view.

According to the local municipal code, boats cannot be visible from the street.

Constable’s 19-foot-long Arima 19 Sea Ranger named “Might as Well” has been sitting on his property for the past four years without issue.

The boat owner decided to have the last laugh by commissioning an artist to paint a realistic image of his boat on the fence that was supposed to keep it hidden.

Constable noted that the order he received said nothing about how the fence should look nor how it should be decorated.

He asked local artist Hanif Panni to paint a mural that looks just like the front of his boat so that the fence appears almost “invisible” at first glance.

Speaking to NBC affiliate KSBW of Monterey Bay, Constable said, “I’m not a rule-breaker, but I like to make a political statement when necessary, as well as a humorous statement and a creative statement.”

At the time of publishing, he had not received any contact from the city regarding the mural.

However, he feels that it should be covered by the right to freedom of expression, thanks to the First Amendment – not to mention the fact that it’s his private property and this is supposed to be a free country.

“The reaction is extremely more than we ever expected, and we’re both just tickled about it,” he said, referring to the fact that the mural has now gone viral on social media.

Panni paints images across the Central Coast area, and told KSBW, “I’m a big proponent of public art in spaces. It engages people in ways that reaching out and having conversations doesn’t sometimes.”

He also said that since the boat mural has gone viral, other boat owners have contacted him to see if he could create similar murals on their fences.

Local rules are new to the boat owner

Constable has been living in Seaside for 29 years, and had a sailboat parked on his property before putting this new boat in his driveway.

When he got the notice, he said it caught him completely by surprise.

“We’ve been here for a long time, and nobody had ever said anything before,” he said.

The city hired a community enhancement staffer last year, whose job is to identify code enforcement violations in the city that need to be corrected, according to acting city manager and Seaside police chief Nick Borges.

If Constable had not concealed the boat, the notice said that noncompliance would be punishable by a first-offense fee of $100.

US Political Daily will keep you updated on any developments to this ongoing story.