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'Last American Man' facing government shutdown of his camp for not adhering to building codes
Daily Mail ^ | 03/17/2013 | By Beth Stebner

Posted on 03/18/2013 10:25:06 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd

Actual (very long) headline: The rugged outdoorsman who has been dubbed the 'Last American Man' is facing a government shutdown of his camp in the Appalachian Mountains for not adhering to building codes

A man who has dedicated nearly 30 years to building and living off of his 500-acre farm is facing having his entire way of life shut down by the state government. Eustace Conway, 51, who has been called ‘The Last Great American Man’ for his rustic way of living, could lose his camp in the Appalachian Mountains, his home for the past three decades.

The Watauga County Planning Department in North Carolina has found several health and sanitary violations in his encampment and has threatened to condemn the buildings.

Conway, who was given the title of the ‘last great American man’ by ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ author Elizabeth Gilbert in her 2002 biography, is fighting the department over their violations.

According to the Wall Street Journal, several officials showed up to his Turtle Island Preserve home and found that his outhouses, kitchens, and even the wood he’s used to build several structures across the properties aren’t up to snuff.

Their findings were summarized in a 78-page report.

Now the planning department is demanding that Conway either tear down his structures or rebuild them in-line with public housing codes.

The naturalist is outraged.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: eustaceconway; landgrab; lastamericanman; northcarolina; propertyrights; turtleisland
Now Really. Who is surprised at any of this?
1 posted on 03/18/2013 10:25:06 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

Yup. The guy from the TV series “Mountain Men”.


2 posted on 03/18/2013 10:26:47 AM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST MR. PRESIDENT!(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: Responsibility2nd

Think of this man and too many like him the next time you hear someone yodeling the last lines of the National Anthem. “The land of the free and the home of the brave” is no longer the USA.

From the time your Daylight Savings Time alarm goes off in the morning until you use your low-flow toilet and shower at night, the government controls your living in this country. And you pay more to these rulers than serfs ever paid to their lords....but the sheeple are ordered not to complain lest it be a “threat” to someone in government.


3 posted on 03/18/2013 10:33:37 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Responsibility2nd

Anytime you expose yourself, as a lot of these people have done in the name of “reality” tv, the powers that be WILL take notice and pay you a visit. Just like “Gold Rush”, “Bearing Sea Gold”, etc. No doubt the folks in Tannana, AK will be getting a visit before too long. (Yukon Men). All of a sudden the DNR or OSHA or epa or some other intrusive govt agency will show up to determine if you are “in compliance” with some obscure rule or regulation. Simple rule, don’t draw attention to yourself, keep your mouth shut, dig all night.


4 posted on 03/18/2013 10:36:03 AM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST MR. PRESIDENT!(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: Responsibility2nd
The Watauga County Planning Department in North Carolina has found...

Well there's your problem!

What were these people doing on his property in the first place?

5 posted on 03/18/2013 10:38:02 AM PDT by grobdriver (Vivere liberi aut mori)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Working with building and planning departments a a regular basis and this does not surprise me. What I have garnered through the years is that it all depends on who you are as to how much you can get away with.

We have several large developers in our area, and they run roughshod over building and planning. If I were a prospective buyer of these properties and they knew what they should know, our real estate market would be dead....


6 posted on 03/18/2013 10:38:38 AM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Turtle Island?????
Sounds like a page from the “WILDLANDS PROJECT”!
I’m suspicious of old Eustace and his motives.
Just saying hey, look this one over really good.
North Carolina is pretty far down the slope when it comes to personal property rights.
Left and haven’t missed the corrupt place one bit.

right turn,tight lines
Caddis the Elder


7 posted on 03/18/2013 10:40:22 AM PDT by palmerizedCaddis (Uncle Si for president!)
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To: grobdriver

He chose to open it to the public and is selling opportunities to do his farm work. If had kept it private they wouldn’t have had access.


8 posted on 03/18/2013 10:40:52 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Ugh.


9 posted on 03/18/2013 10:59:00 AM PDT by grobdriver (Vivere liberi aut mori)
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To: rktman

Loose Lips, sink ships.

The less other people know about your business, the better.

I have learned that the hard way.


10 posted on 03/18/2013 12:06:19 PM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: Responsibility2nd
The rugged outdoorsman who has been dubbed the 'Last American Man' is facing a government shutdown of his camp in the Appalachian Mountains for not adhering to building codes

He's been there for 30 years and there's no be grandfathered in?

I can't speak of North Carolina, but I can speak of sections of Hitt Street in Columbia, MO, and the Chinese owned rooming house I lived in. It wasn't up to code, but it was CHEAP. Or, perhaps try, say, 47th street WEST of Cottage Grove in Chicago, just a coupla miles from Bammy's Kenwood Crib. Pick a few tenements at random. The Mountain Man will come out looking better, I guarantee you.
11 posted on 03/18/2013 12:23:57 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (HRC:"Sometimes she looks like a primary schoolgirl and sometimes a pensioner going shopping,"-NKorea)
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To: Responsibility2nd

The difference to the hundreds of Obamavilles all across the US?

This guy actually owns the property he lives on. Hence he must be punished.


12 posted on 03/18/2013 12:34:36 PM PDT by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: Moltke

Does he own it? Really?


13 posted on 03/18/2013 1:03:05 PM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: woodbutcher1963

Sadly, unless you are totally off the grid, they already know way more than they need to. Cash and barter. Forget algores internet. No banks. No vehicles unless you only use them on your property thus requiring no plates. You understand the whole drill.


14 posted on 03/18/2013 1:18:18 PM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST MR. PRESIDENT!(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: Durus
Does he own it? Really?

This part of the article, right there in the excerpt, sure sounds like he does:

A man who has dedicated nearly 30 years to building and living off of his 500-acre farm...

Do you have information that he doesn't own his farm?

15 posted on 03/18/2013 3:01:26 PM PDT by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: rktman
Anytime you expose yourself, as a lot of these people have done in the name of “reality” tv, the powers that be WILL take notice and pay you a visit.

Like Dickless over here.

16 posted on 03/18/2013 3:02:57 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Moltke

His name might appear on the deed, but it sure seems like the state owns it doesn’t it?


17 posted on 03/19/2013 4:21:23 AM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: Durus

Ah, I see what you mean...


18 posted on 03/19/2013 4:58:27 AM PDT by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: Moltke

Do you have information that he doesn’t own his farm?


Having title to something used to mean you owned it, we are now a socialist nation, we do not even own our own bodies.

People voted in socialism to get free stuff, but there are more consequences to socialism than most of the voters realize.


19 posted on 03/19/2013 8:59:10 AM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: ravenwolf

Thanks, I caught Durus’ sarcasm only after his further comment. Duh.


20 posted on 03/19/2013 11:19:54 AM PDT by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: Moltke

Thanks, I caught Durus’ sarcasm only after his further comment. Duh.


So easy anyone can do it.


21 posted on 03/19/2013 2:06:01 PM PDT by ravenwolf
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