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Florida Woman Is Told She Has One Month to 'Plug in' to the Grid
UPI ^ | Feb. 24, 2014 | Evan Bleier

Posted on 02/25/2014 10:55:35 AM PST by nickcarraway

Cape Coral woman Robin Speronis has been relying on solar panels and treated rain water to survive.

A Florida woman who has been living off the grid for about a year and a half was told that she has one month to "plug in" or deal with the authorities.

Cape Coral woman Robin Speronis doesn’t have any city power or water running into her house and relies on solar panels and treated rain water to survive. "I'm choosing to live without being dependent on the system," she told NBC-2.

Officials from Cape Coral Code Compliance met with Speronis and her attorney about the situation last week.

"When this was brought to my attention I felt like I had to act. I felt like Cape Coral was intruding in the woman's lifestyle," said Todd Allen, Speronis' attorney.

A magistrate ruled that Speronis was guilty of not being hooked up to a water supply that had been approved by the town.

"What happened here is people don't talk to us or cooperate. We don't communicate then we are forced to use the legal tools at our disposal," said Frank Cassidy of Cape Coral Code Compliance. "In the whole scheme of things, it’s no different than the hundreds of cases we deal with all the time.”

Speronis has indicated that she doesn’t plan on changing her lifestyle.

"I don't have to justify my life. They have to. That's the way our system of justice works. They have justify it. I don't," Speronis said.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: florida; indigenousliving; livingindigenously; offthegrid
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1 posted on 02/25/2014 10:55:35 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I don’t get it. Why does the town care if she is hooked into their system or not?


2 posted on 02/25/2014 10:57:43 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: nickcarraway

So, she plugs into the grid and makes the city pay her for the electricity she doesn’t use. Right?

Seriously - this sucks.


3 posted on 02/25/2014 10:58:10 AM PST by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: BenLurkin

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$


4 posted on 02/25/2014 10:58:38 AM PST by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: BenLurkin

She is the government’s property and they don’t want her getting to independent.


5 posted on 02/25/2014 10:59:02 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Guilty of not being hooked up to the town’s water supply
Is this from the Onion?


6 posted on 02/25/2014 10:59:09 AM PST by RWGinger
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To: nickcarraway
"I don't have to justify my life. They have to. That's the way our system of justice works. They have justify it. I don't," Speronis said.

Silly woman. She probably still believes she is innocent until proven guilty too. I wish her well, but I'm not optimistic when a petty bureaucrat with a trivial job goes after someone who has expressed their opinion on just how trivial their job is.

7 posted on 02/25/2014 10:59:26 AM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: nickcarraway
""I don't have to justify my life. They have to. That's the way our system of justice works. They have justify it. I don't," Speronis said."

GOOD ON HER!! I hope she makes them try to do just that...and wins

8 posted on 02/25/2014 10:59:27 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: nickcarraway
Government wants "sustainability" when it is impossible, and want it outlawed when it is possible.
9 posted on 02/25/2014 10:59:28 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (If Barack Hussein Obama entertains a thought that he does not verbalize, is it still a lie?)
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To: tgusa

Probably could have said that better - isn’t our utility supposed to pay you when your meter runs backwards because you are a net producer of power?


10 posted on 02/25/2014 10:59:35 AM PST by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: nickcarraway

The real “crime” was that she was not paying into the municipal utility’s bank account. Thou shalt not deprive the gobberment of its revenue.


11 posted on 02/25/2014 10:59:47 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: nickcarraway

I’ll bet she’s one of those Dreamer peasants who thinks that she owns her paid-off property, and is not renting it from The State like the rest of us...


12 posted on 02/25/2014 10:59:53 AM PST by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: nickcarraway

“”What happened here is people don’t talk to us or cooperate. We don’t communicate then we are forced to use the legal tools at our disposal,” said Frank Cassidy of Cape Coral Code Compliance.”

She won’t cooperate because that’s the point, you clown.


13 posted on 02/25/2014 11:00:07 AM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: nickcarraway

Hasn’t she tried the usual arguments?

That she is 100% ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’??????

That oughtta make their heads spin around


14 posted on 02/25/2014 11:00:26 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: BenLurkin

Where does the sewer go?
Water comes in, water goes out.


15 posted on 02/25/2014 11:00:30 AM PST by Zathras
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To: BenLurkin
Control.

They give some BS about sanitation, but they actually don't care if you have a state of the art composting toilet that does a better waste management job than their outdated sewer system.

They want control.

/johnny

16 posted on 02/25/2014 11:00:30 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: nickcarraway
Her blog.
17 posted on 02/25/2014 11:00:47 AM PST by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: BenLurkin

Or else what?


18 posted on 02/25/2014 11:01:00 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: nickcarraway; Revolting cat!
"gooble gobble, one of us, one of us..."


19 posted on 02/25/2014 11:01:17 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: BenLurkin

“I don’t get it. Why does the town care if she is hooked into their system or not?”

You vill eat zee sausages, and you vill like zem!!

If you think that is bad, take a gander at this:

http://freepatriot.org/2014/02/24/city-uses-illegal-action-force-gun-shop-remove-pro-second-amendment-sign-go-jail-watch/


20 posted on 02/25/2014 11:01:44 AM PST by vette6387
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To: kiryandil

Regions are now claiming you don’t own rain water, that collecting it in a barrel cheats the water table.


21 posted on 02/25/2014 11:02:46 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Zathras
Modern composting toilets, especially those from the Nordic countries, are very safe and efficient at handling waste. Better than most municipal waste treatment plants, actually.

/johnny

22 posted on 02/25/2014 11:03:05 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: nickcarraway

My only comment is if this woman wishes to live this way she’s stupid to do it within municipal corporate limits unless she likes conflict.

Its guaranteed to provoke municipal backlash.


23 posted on 02/25/2014 11:03:08 AM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: Kartographer; Marcella

For all y’all...


24 posted on 02/25/2014 11:03:09 AM PST by Old Sarge (TINVOWOOT: There Is No Voting Our Way Out Of This)
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To: BenLurkin

All utilities charge a service connection fee whether you use any water or power at all. The city just wants the $25 per month! Follow the money!


25 posted on 02/25/2014 11:03:29 AM PST by cartoonistx
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To: BenLurkin

She wasn’t paying for city services - this was her crime. When a city wants its revenue, the city writes the rules to ensure that it gets the revenue.


26 posted on 02/25/2014 11:03:43 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: tgusa

Yes, they have to pay you when you produce more electricity than you consume, but they only pay at the rate that costs them the least to generate, i.e. hydroelectric power.


27 posted on 02/25/2014 11:04:59 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Rebelbase
Instead of avoiding conflict, the source of the conflict needs to be removed, and local governments reined in to legitimate functions. Selling electricity is not a legitimate function of government.

/johnny

28 posted on 02/25/2014 11:05:00 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: nickcarraway

Her utility life style sounds sustainable.


29 posted on 02/25/2014 11:05:39 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Zathras

I’m thinking that’s what’s about. Many municipalities charge sewer rates based on water usage.


30 posted on 02/25/2014 11:05:53 AM PST by WinMod70
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To: nickcarraway
"She is the government’s property and they don’t want her getting to independent."

BINGO!!!!!

We have a winner!

31 posted on 02/25/2014 11:06:07 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: Army Air Corps

Every utility around here charges you a fee just for being their customer. Usage and taxes are on top of that.


32 posted on 02/25/2014 11:07:36 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Army Air Corps

Exactly.

Successful conservation is always followed by a rate increase.

For example, the local govts tell people to conserve water so people conserve. Consumption drops dramatically. Then, rates are increased because not enough revenue is coming in because people are consuming a lot less.


33 posted on 02/25/2014 11:09:25 AM PST by dhs12345
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To: Army Air Corps

Exactly.

Successful conservation is always followed by a rate increase.

For example, the local govts tell people to conserve water so people conserve. Consumption drops dramatically. Then, rates are increased because not enough revenue is coming in because people are consuming a lot less.


34 posted on 02/25/2014 11:09:37 AM PST by dhs12345
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To: nickcarraway

Some local bureaucRat has their panties in wad. Said Rat has a political boss. Apply pressure there.


35 posted on 02/25/2014 11:11:25 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Exactly.


36 posted on 02/25/2014 11:11:46 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: WinMod70

She has some sort of on-property septic system.


37 posted on 02/25/2014 11:12:30 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Post of the Day!


38 posted on 02/25/2014 11:13:40 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: nickcarraway
"I don't have to justify my life. They have to. That's the way our system of justice works"

Is she somehow of the wildly mistaken notion that she has some kind of Constitutional rights? Apparently she hasn't been properly re-educated.

39 posted on 02/25/2014 11:14:13 AM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: nickcarraway

Hey, the government can force you to buy their and others products, the Supreme Court already said so


40 posted on 02/25/2014 11:14:17 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: BenLurkin

Q: “I don’t get it. Why does the town care if she is hooked into their system or not?”

A: She’s an upstart and they want TOTAL control over the population. You can bet that just by this article, many other folks will be thinking of trying the same thing. -Giving the gubmint LESS than ultimate control.


41 posted on 02/25/2014 11:14:26 AM PST by joethedrummer
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To: WinMod70

I too am thinking this is why the city is screaming foul ... Could be wrong though.


42 posted on 02/25/2014 11:14:49 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Paladin2
septic system

hummm ... the city has no standing if her property rights are upheld. It will cost her to prove her point ... may she countersuit.

43 posted on 02/25/2014 11:16:51 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: cartoonistx

There is already precedence. Some areas you cannot collect rain water. Areas with wells typically have to meter the well in some areas.


44 posted on 02/25/2014 11:17:28 AM PST by Usagi_yo (Standardization is an Evolutionary dead end.)
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To: nickcarraway

Most people I know don’t get that. It is never yours. Stop paying taxes and see how long you own it.


45 posted on 02/25/2014 11:18:53 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: nickcarraway

“Speronis was guilty of not being hooked up to a water supply”

Charged with being a non-hooker


46 posted on 02/25/2014 11:22:38 AM PST by almcbean
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To: nickcarraway

Next thing you know - she’ll believe she’s exempt from having to purchase government approved “health insurance”.


47 posted on 02/25/2014 11:22:47 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: BenLurkin
Control.

I live in PA and have a perfectly working septic system on a couple acres of land (septic system is rated for another 15 years of use easy). I have been fighting getting "tied in" to the sewage system Fast Eddie (Ed Rendell's pet project in PA when he was governor) approved for more than a few years now (the system did not exist before I purchased my property). My nearest neighbor is 50 yards from me. We have zero suburbia's around where I live (farm lands across the road). But the township is trying to force me into it for both control and $$$$$$$. Some people in my area lost their homes because they couldn't come up with the "tap in fee". It was and is disgusting how property owners are being rail-roaded all over the country by out of control counties, cities and townships.

48 posted on 02/25/2014 11:24:07 AM PST by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: nickcarraway

bookmark


49 posted on 02/25/2014 11:24:13 AM PST by Pajamajan (Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.)
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To: a fool in paradise

I rented a house once that had well water and city sewer. They metered my well so they knew what to charge me for the sewage. Weird.


50 posted on 02/25/2014 11:26:48 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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