For Bridgeport I made two separate and unrelated designs. The first is a worked out version of the coat of arms that is displayed in the center of the seal of the city. The "arm with hammer" symbol is filled with one color - yellow - to make it simpler. The second is an expression of the name "Bridgeport", with the anchor symbolizing "port".
For Charleston I made four different designs, for which I have the following descriptions:
Depicted is Charles II, after whom Charleston was named. The blue background represents the state of South Carolina, and the red cross on white is a reminder of England, whose king Charles was.
Depicted is Charles II, after whom Charleston was named. The red cross on white is a reminder of England, whose king Charles was. The red, white and blue lines are a reference to the flag of the USA.
The pineapple is in and around Charleston a symbol for hospitality. The white and green checkered borders give the flag a high degree of distinctiveness.
Depicted is Athena, a personification of the city of Charleston, who guards her temples, customs and laws. The pineapple is in and around Charleston a symbol for hospitality, and the placement on the right hand side ensures visual distinctiveness from the flag of South Carolina.
The flag of Charleston mostly needs simplification. The symbols in the center are all rather general (mining, fire arms, factory), but one stood out because of its beauty and simplicity: the floral symbol. I made it the centerpiece for the new flag, maintaining the yellow background and the blue border.
The new flag is inspired on the current flag of Hialeah. The man's skirt on the seal is now the background for the flag, and the flamingo in the background of the seal is put in the center of the new flag.
My design for a new flag for Virginia Beach was based on a photograph taken by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Ken Riley of the United States Navy in Oct 2004. I wrote a letter to all members of the city council of Virginia Beach about the design, but sadly never received an answer.
The second version uses the blue from the current flag of Virgia Beach.
The colors of my flag proposal are the same as those of the flag of New York City - the colors of the colony of New Amsterdam - , while the pattern is visually immediately discernable from the same. In the center is the head of "Yonker" Adriaen van der Donck.