World War II veteran being evicted from Winter Haven home for not making Irma repairs


WINTER HAVEN — Ninety-six might be a bit old to start over, but that’s what one World War II veteran is facing.

Lucien “Chet” Lebrun was recently given notice that he’ll be evicted from his home at 123 Bass Circle. Lebrun’s mobile home suffered significant damage to the roof and outside during Hurricane Irma in September, and he hasn’t had the means or ability to get it repaired.

“The car port ended up on the other side of the mobile home,” he said. “I was sitting here and it was pretty bad. It took the roof off my shed.”

Lebrun lives independently with his cat, Kitty, in the retirement community of Cypress Shores off U.S. 92 in Winter Haven. Lebrun has lived at his home for more than five years and in the community since the late 1970s.

“They want me to fix the skirting and paint the house,” Lebrun said. “I can’t even walk.”
The doors at the park’s clubhouse were locked Monday and no one answered the listed number. The initial paperwork was given to Lebrun on Jan. 18, giving him until Jan. 29 to settle the issue.

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