Dunedin Police & Military Museum in desperate need of repairs

$100K in damages to keep history alive
Posted at 5:05 PM, Feb 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-08 17:05:04-05

A hidden little gem on the outskirts of downtown Dunedin is in desperate needs of repairs to keep part of our history alive.

The National Armed Services & Law Enforcement Memorial Museum sits inside an old warehouse that goes back to the 1940s. 

The nonprofit hosts thousands of visitors to help honor men and women who have served in the armed forces as well as federal, state and local law enforcement personnel and first responders. 

However, the small admission fee only helps the 14,000 square foot facility break even each month. 

Executive Director Bill Douglas says the building has water damage from the metal roof that needs to be sealed and restored, they have termites, an out of date air conditioning system, along with underground plumbing problems. 

Around the museum you will find containers for water to collect any rain that comes through the roof.

Luckily, none of the artifacts have been damaged. 

The NASLEMM does not pay anyone, but they run on volunteers -- mainly people retired from the military and law enforcement. 

In all, the museum is looking at $100,000 in repairs -- mainly for the old roof. 

The new mission for the returning veterans is to keep the old war stories alive for people who didn't live through them. 

The NASLEMM has started a GoFundMe site to help raise costs to repair the building. 

Click here to learn more about their efforts. 

For more information about the location or how you can book a tour, click here.