The Declaration of Independence says Americans have certain “unalienable rights,” including “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Those words were written by a fellow that didn’t have running water or electricity in his home — Thomas Jefferson.
After Jefferson’s wells ran dry he began capturing rainwater that ran off the roof of his house, which is pretty much what a Florida woman, Robin Speronis, of Cape Coral, is doing.
The day after a local TV station ran a story about Speronis’ “off the grid” lifestyle, city code enforcement officers declared the home “unfit” for human habitation.
That probably never happened at Jefferson’s Monticello.
Cape Coral code enforcement officers somehow made this determination without venturing inside the home. There’s a good chance they just looked at the water bill for that address and realized the city monopoly had been thwarted.
Speronis’ “unfit” house looks pretty much like every other home in her neighborhood.
Like Jefferson, Speronis is self-sufficient and has no monthly bills for water or electricity. Her small house has been paid for and she’s paid all her taxes.
She cooks using propane and generates power using solar panels.
“My message was to create, so I created a happy place,” she told Fox News.
The city has received hundreds of complaints from the public about its decision to declare the home unfit. No one from the city would go on camera, says Fox 4, but an attorney who volunteered to help Speronis stay in her home said the city does not have eviction powers.
“It is the beginning of an eviction process,” said attorney Todd Allen. “A judge would then have to sign off before getting the sheriff to physically remove someone.”
“Cape Coral needs to be afraid of me. I’m not afraid of them,” said Speronis.
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