Off the grid? “Uninhabitable! It’s illegal! Out on the street with you!”

Court Rules Off-The-Grid Living Is Illegal

Living off the grid is illegal in Cape Coral, Florida, according to a court ruling Thursday.

Special Magistrate Harold S. Eskin ruled that the city’s codes allow Robin Speronis to live without utility power but she is still required to hook her home to the city’s water system. Her alternative source of power must be approved by the city, Eskin said.

Off-the-gridders. Huh. Bunch of hippies. Hanging’s too good for them, they should be forced to bathe and live in DC.

H/T to Tennessee Budd.

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4 Responses to Off the grid? “Uninhabitable! It’s illegal! Out on the street with you!”

  1. GoneWithTheWind says:

    This is much ado about nothing. You would probably find the same laws and regulations in every city in the U.S. Usually once the sewer is in place on your street you must connect to the sewer and disconnect from the septic. Slightly less restrictive rules also apply to wells in that once the water line is in the street in front of you then you must connect and disconnect your well. As for electric anyone can choose to throw the main breaker and not use the electric but most communities will require that your house must be connected in order to be considered inhabitable. AND if you connect your own power to the system it must be done by or certified by an electrician. This is the way it is for most city dwellers. No big deal.

  2. Joe in Reno says:

    It may get more interesting.

    Her water barrels don’t appear to be hooked up to the roof or anything else and she admits to stealing sewer service. I’m betting she is hooking a hose up to a neighbors water service and stealing water as well.

    She also has a couple of convictions for fraud type offenses. Speaking as someone who makes a living on the edges of the real estate business and watching what goes on, it takes a hell of a lot of serious problems for a broker to get their license revoked.

    “Speronis’ time living on the grid hasn’t gone so well for her either. As reported by the Cape Coral Daily Breeze , in June 2011, she plead no content to larceny, and was sentenced to 10 years of state probation and ordered to pay $32,000 in restitution. In January 2012, she had her real estate license revoked following a second complaint that she had not returned a $3,500 deposit following a failed condo sale.”–city-caps-sewer-of-woman-fighting-to-live-%E2%80%98off-the-grid%E2%80%99-234050584.html;_ylt=AwrBEiGzLg1T_FQAfnzQtDMD

    Not a very sympathetic figure in my book.

  3. anonymous says:

    The homeowner can comply if she gets a water meter connected and a yard hose bibb installed – done.

    How the city get even more invasive is requiring your water system to have a backflow preventer installed. The backflow preventer then requires YEARLY inspections (all with a fee of course) but the city does provide a list of folks who can do the work. Them city fellers is crafty bastids. That is how they are trying to get my wife to have the preventer installed at her cattle pasture. They claim the automatic water valve installed at water tank is always in contact and theoretically could flow back into water main. Wife just removed the valve and turns it on manually – problem solved, at least until the city thinks up something else.

  4. MamaLiberty says:

    Seems to me it’s best for those who want to live “off the grid” not to try it in a city. But it doesn’t sound like she wants off the “grid.” Seems like she’s happy with it as long as she doesn’t have to pay for it. That’s a whole other kettle of fish.

To the stake with the heretic!