Gregory Schaffer, veteran forced to take American flag down, gets help to keep flying Old Glory
Local contractor helps bring flag pole up to code
6:24 PM, May 7, 2013
8:29 AM, May 8, 2013
HYPOLUXO, Fla. -- - A South Florida U.S. Marine veteran, who was told he had to take his American flag down because it was not up to code, has found a way to keep flying the red, white and blue.
After an anonymous complaint was filed by a neighbor in March, veteran Gregory Schaffer was told by the Town of Hypoluxo building code inspector he had to take his flag down because the pole was not up to code.
"It was frustrating that it took as long as it did. There is no other way to say it. It was irritating ," said Schaffer.
The issue made national headlines. The story caught the attention of a local South Florida contractor who was appalled to hear Schaffer would have to take down Old Glory.
"I don't mind helping him out. I'm a veteran also. We stick together," said Michael Kausch, a Boca Raton general contractor.
Kausch, who served in the U.S. Navy, said he knew the Town of Hypoluxo was not trying to prevent Schaffer from flying his American flag. He said he knew it was just a matter of filing the proper building permit.
A month after the controversy, Schaffer finally got the news he was hoping he would hear. The drawings for a new flag pole were approved by Hypoluxo building manager Tim Large.
Kausch and his team began digging out the old concrete Schaffer had installed and dug a fresh hole. After a few quick measurements, Kausch began mixing and pouring the sludgy material with a pole in the center that was up to code.
Schaffer will have to wait for the concrete to dry and for a building code inspection before he can put his flag back up in the air.
"It'll pass. We put more concrete in it than they wanted," said Kausch.
Schaffer, still bothered it took so much effort to fly his American flag, said he is happy to put the issue behind him.
"You get into a situation like this, somebody has to be the example at one point. And if I was the person in this case, then so be it," said Schaffer.
He said he is grateful for the help and said the donated work by Kausch and his team speaks volumes to the brotherhood and patriotism that is symbolized by his flag.
"It brings back memories from when I was in the military," said Kausch. "We all serve for the flag you know, that's why it's there."