From starting home gardens, to collecting rainwater, there are many small and big ways that people have been making changes in their life, in an effort to save money, live more environmentally friendly, and to supply themselves with their daily needs. Unfortunately, one judge in Florida has intervened with one woman’s lifestyle of living “off the grid,” by deeming it illegal.
Special Magistrate Harold S. Eskin ruled that the city’s codes allow the woman, 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 as well, Eskin said.
Speronis has been fighting the city of Cape Coral since November, when a code enforcement officer tried to evict her from her home for living without utilities. She has her own solar panels, and collects rainwater. The city contends that Speronis violated the International Property Maintenance Code by relying on rain water instead of the city water system, and solar panels instead of the electric grid. Speronis said at the time that she didn’t have a refrigerator, oven, running water or electricity in her home. She also does most of her cooking on a propane camping stove, and her electronics run on solar-charged batteries.
Part of the conflict: she is required to hook up to the central water system, although officials acknowledge she does not have to use it. Speronis has stated that she hopes to win her case and set a precedent for others in her situation. Even more recently, a judge declared her lifestyle to be in violation of city code as well as the International Property Maintenance Code, she is looking to appeal.
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