Skip to comments.Virginia farmer threatened with $5K fine for hosting child’s birthday party
Posted on 08/08/2012 4:47:18 PM PDT by chessplayer
Fauquier County is only about an hour from the nations capital but it feels like a different world rolling hills dotted with vineyards, idyllic horse farms, and stifling regulations and ridiculous penalties meted out by capricious bureaucrats. Wait, what?
Well, I guess its not that easy to get away from it all. Martha Boneta, who owns a small local farm, found that out the hard way when she was threatened with $5,000 in fines for not getting the proper permit to sell produce and host 10-year-olds birthday party on her property.
"Boneta already had a business license the county issued her in June 2011 that allowed her to operate a retail farm shop on her property. Her license application specifically noted her intention to sell handspun yarns, birdhouses, soaps and other handicrafts in addition to fresh vegetables, eggs, herbs and honey.
The following month, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors changed the classification of farm sales to require a special administrative permit for activities that were in compliance with the ordinance just one month before. But documents received under the Freedom of Information Act showed that Boneta is the only farmer in Fauquier County who has ever been cited even though the countys own website lists dozens of farms that sell similar products to end-use customers."
Zoning Administrator Kimberley Johnson, who issued a cease-and-desist letter to Boneta, found a picture of the birthday party in question on Bonetas Facebook, citing it as evidence of her wrongdoing.
Stay off Facebook. It’s nothing but trouble.
Here’s a hint. Facebook isn’t the problem.
Read my tagline.
Well, it sure wasn’t the solution.
My only reason for being there..., to protect my namesake. I don’t want someone else signing up under my identity.
I look at my home page about once a quarter.
Some people put it to pretty good use. My wife uses it to keep in touch with her former classmates, and to network with other women.
I just don’t like leaving a private communications paper trail.
The Lefty is the problem, so I get your point. It can still be used against you.
The rules change just a month after she gets her license and she is issued a cease and desist order?
I dont believe is coincidence.
The problem isn’t facebook. The problem is nanny government at all levels seeking to control everything and everyone on earth.
That county needs to buck up its zoning so that the newcomers can no longer afford to move in on 2 to 10 acre vacation lots and raise cain with rural life.
Plus, she needs the correct business permit ~
A few years ago the 17th Airborne Division (I think) held what was billed as it’s “final” reunion in Washington DC.
The capstone of the event was supposed to be an actual drop, two restored C-47s with two sticks of Airborne reenactors at Manassas Airport in VA with the vets in attendance (on the ground).
The drop was allegedly cancelled at the last minute by an a**hole FAA administrator who refused to accept the “risk” of such an event in their controlled airspace (or somesuch). This after not only prior OK by the FAA and all sorts of logistical planning such as having the Manassas fire department’s water rescue team on-site (Manassas Airport has a not-insubstantial pond on its reservation - if one of the reenactors went in, with all their gear, they’d drown unless there was a rescue team right there).
It was either a Fauquier or Culpepper County Farmer that, very graciously, offered up their fields for the drop. Which entailed a “harrowing” (as described to me by a friend who was there) 45-minute bus ride for the Vets as the Gooneys orbited waiting for them to arrive for the drop.
Sounds like she was “warned” but not dinged with any sanction. This time. Were the rest in the same situation also warned?
Ex post facto laws are illegal under the U.S. Constitution
Article 1 - The Legislative Branch
Section 9 - Limits on Congress
No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.
Exactly true but try to prove it in court that a given law was written to attack an individual.
The law has not been enforced on any other farm but prosecutorial discretion is perfectly legal.
If she fights this it will cost her tons of money and many years. In the end she will still loose her farm because the county has a nearly endless supply of money to take her to court. She has only her own money and they will very likely be able to prevent her from using the farm to earn a living.
Keep yer powder dry.
The officials behind these draconian laws must be voted out.
I am not sure how all of these "controllers" get in charge of local governments. It looks like we all need to get "controllers" voted out at the local level.
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