TroubleShooter helps Dunbar veterans

Liza Fernandez

TroubleShooter helps Dunbar veterans

CREATED Apr. 3, 2013

FORT MYERS, Fla., -  Some Southwest Florida veterans are running into a stumbling block in their efforts to improve their American Legion Post.

The guys over at Dunbar Post #192 have been working hard to turn the post's image around after it had been closed for years.

And they say Florida Power and Light was making it hard for them to even get inside their building… that is until we stepped in. 

“Every time we have a function here, as you can see, it's right in the middle of our entrance way,” says Vice Commander Elbert Zeigler.

He’s talking about this. It’s called a "guy wire." And it supports an FPL utility pole.

“We've had elder veterans come here for events and one has stumbled over it and hit the ground. Fortunately, he was OK, and we've had many close calls,” adds Zeigler.

The vets say they called FPL and were told the utility has an easement.

“They finally said they have the right to put it where it is, and they're not going to do anything about it,” say Zeigler.

So we got on the phone with FPL.

Spokesperson Dave McDermitt’s told us in the phone: “After receiving your call, we took a closer look and reviewed the property. Following that review, we contacted Mr. Zeigler to make arrangements to replace the wire at no charge.”

Great news for these guys' effort to make the post the pillar of the community it once was.

A history Zeigler gets choked up talking about.

“It's moving to know we're a part of this history, and we're here to keep it alive,” adds Zeigler.

Dunbar’s American Legion Post #192 celebrates its 150 year anniversary next year.

It needs members and help raising funds, so it can continue to help veterans and the community... so get a hold of them if you can help.