Update: Florida Woman Who Lives Off-Grid Forced to Connect to Public Water

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Back in late 2013, Robin Speronis of Cape Coral, Florida, was threatened with losing her home because she lives off the grid.

Robin does not have a refrigerator or an oven, and does not use electricity or running water.

She gets her water from rain barrels, and uses a colloidal-silver generator to disinfect the rain water:

“I plug this into my inverter and my battery pack. This light will get brighter and brighter as silver micro particles are suspended in the water. It’s natures antibiotic,” she explains.

After her lifestyle was featured on a local news channel, Robin got an unpleasant visit: a code enforcement officer showed up and slapped an “uninhabitable property” sign on her door.

The city claims that Robin violated the International Property Maintenance Code because she relies on rain water instead of the city water system and solar panels instead of the electric grid.

On February 20, Robin spent nearly four hours in a compliance hearing, during which Special Magistrate Harold Eskin looked through the codes Robin supposedly violated.

Robin was found guilty of violating only one code (so far) – she has to connect her home to the city’s public water supply. She has 30 days to either comply or appeal.

Off the Grid News reported that the Magistrate, who spent several hours reviewing the code, admitted it is unreasonable but said he had to make the ruling he did:

“Reasonableness and code requirements don’t always go hand-in-hand … given societal and technical changes (that) requires review of code ordinances.

“Whether I want to or not that’s what I have to find as the respondent’s requirement.”

Eskin said that some of the other violations regarding electricity and sewer may be valid, but because the city may not have followed due process procedures, he would not consider them at the time.

Robin knows her legal battles with the city are not over, but she told Off the Grid News that she hopes to win and set a precedent for others:

“But what happens in the courtroom is much less important than touching people’s hearts and minds,” she said. “I think that we are continuing to be successful in doing just that and I am so pleased — there is hope! [Friday] morning, as I took my two hour walk, there was a young man, unknown to me, who drove by me, tooted his horn and said, ‘Robin, congratulations on your victory yesterday, keep up the fight and God bless you.’ That is beautiful.”

She said she has no intention of complying with the order to connect to the city water supply:

“Why would I hook-up?” Speronis asked. “It defies common sense.”

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  • Nunya

    Ok so connect then fail to pay the bill in full. You will still be “connected” 🙂

    • trigon400

      If you don’t pay the bill they will either place a lien on your property or disconnect the service which will then mean another bureaucrat arrives to post an “uninhabitable” sign on her door.
      The bureaucrats want their tax revenue from each address & anything that threatens this racket will be dealt with harshly.

  • ALski

    Brave woman in the “land of free”!!!!!

  • DaSafetyGuy

    Connect but keep the supply valve shut off…nobody said she has to use their water.

  • trigon400

    If she doesn’t have a septic tank, then her battle is lost.
    Other than that, I think it’s terrific that she’s relying more on herself & less on the government while simultaneously denying metered tax revenue to the bureaucrats which is what this is really about.
    The government gets fidgety whenever someone disconnects a device that generates tax revenue to them (such as water & electric) this is why you see the labeling of anyone off the grid or who grows their own food as a “potential terrorist” & other nonsense.

  • trigon400

    Even if she doesn’t use it it’ll still generate monthly taxes from her account which is what this is all about.

  • trigon400

    If she doesn’t use any of the water, then ignores the obligatory taxes that arrive with the bill, she will once again have a bureaucrat post an eviction letter on her door.
    This is all about generating taxes for the bureaucrats for their pay, perks & pensions & anything that threatens that (independent citizens) will be dealt with harshly, usually by labeling them “homegrown terrorists” & other such nonsense

    • This is ridiculous. The Devil is real and is manifested through this system.

  • Chris Foltz

    can’t wait till the Civil Servants try to collect their pensions… Ah-hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha…

  • JWHacket

    If she ignores the bills, they’ll disconnect her service. Then everybodys happy 🙂