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I think one of these days, the smart-meters they are installing on all of our homes will be shown to not only ration how much we can consume, but also to enforce consumption in the first place. I'm thinking any home where electrical consumption drops below a certain number of kWh, the meter will send out an electronic signal alerting the utility companies to scramble the strong-arm squads.
You are forgetting sewer services. What would you have renters do, dig latrines in the property owner's backyard?
What's more "living green" than not utilizing electricity at all? She's reduced her carbon footprint to near zero. She should contact the greenies and sick them on the city. Heck she should get Al "Bore" as a spokesman
The widow owns the house and has been paying her taxes, yet the City of Cape Coral has sent her an eviction notice without prior warning just because she is living off the grid? I'm glad that the story is out. It is utter absurdity if not injustice. She has to battle the oppressor city. Instead of them having to prove the house is unfit and uninhabitable, she has to prove to them that it is safe and habitable? Absolute madness! What gives them the right to dictate what is safe/unsafe without inspection? Is being homeless on the street deemed safer?
And what "international maintenance code" states off-the-grid living is unsafe? Never mind the Amish community, there are still plenty of them in third world nations without city water and electricity. The only probable clear and present danger living in her house I can think of seems to be the chemtrail at !:40 in the video.
STORYedit on 12/16/2013 by semperfortis because: (no reason given)
Let's say an entire community or city were to switch to LEDs,....
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Well, No.. She obviously doesn't or she wouldn't be sitting on a legal eviction notice for an uninhabitable residence.
Ok, after a bit of research I found the original report by FOX 4 NEWS:
Living off the grid
The report contains a video in which she explains how she is able to live off the grid:
* kerosene lamps for lighting
* portable propane cooker
* solar powered camping shower which uses rain water
* battery powered electronics (recharged with solar)
* non-perishable food for long term storage without fridge
* rain water powered toilet which can indeed flush
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Never mind the Amish community, there are still plenty of them in third world nations without city water and electricity.
When you said off-the-grid I was thinking like that term usually comes to mean these days, she had her own way of supplying the necessary elements of modern life in a city. I was a bit surprised to see she figured she could live without the basics of modern code and regulation by just saying she didn't need running water, electricity, sewage or those other little things that make city life with neighbors.....tolerable.
Heck, there are rural areas all over the nation one can go live like it's 1899, but Coral Gables or MOST cities? Aren't it...
For what it's worth...my little city in Missouri said the same thing to everyone following the 07 Ice Storm. It really wasn't necessary, since no one here was trying to just 'do without' the bare basics of service and running water ...but it was made clear toward the end? No Power-No Water = No Residency. It's a public health and safety thing and it was here.
It's amazing some folks figure they can do it their way, and laws...regulations..codes..and decency toward those around them ( codes exist for a good reason ) just don't apply because they don't think it should. Well... She'll be fighting this one from a homeless shelter by the look of it, as I'm betting if we looked into city code enforcement for Coral Gables.....as she obviously didn't bother with?...we'll find extended camping inside a residence isn't acceptable.
At the end of the news video the reporter says:
The city of Cape Coral tells me: if she can prove that she can sustain her life, herself, and this home without electricity or running water then both parties might be able to come to a solution.
What kind of utter BS is that? She needs to prove that she can live without electricity and running water in order to keep a home she OWNS. This has to be one of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard. I can imagine the court hearing now... "your honor, I present exhibit A: the archaic human. He lived without electricity and running water for thousands of years".
Cape Coral is a terrible Nazi-run city. A friend of mine has his own storage shed building company that works from Sarasota down to Ft. Myers. Cape Coral is one of the cities he does a lot of business in and he says they are the worst for codes and they heavily police their codes. Several times he said he nearly quite doing any business in that city but what he decided to do instead was charge more for the hassle and he tells the homeowners up front about it. A normal 10x10 shed that used to cost $3,000 now costs residents in Cape Coral $7,000. Inspectors have to come at every phase of construction and check it over before you can continue to the next. For example, on a garage job he recently did, the inspector came out to inspect every nail on the roof which took over two hours and my friend had to sit there and watch him. If a nail head was sticking out even the slightest, he had to fix it right there. That's why he had to sit there, because if he didn't, he would have failed the inspection.
Cape Coral is the only city I've ever seen that has a fully-staffed Garage Sales Permit office even though the permits are free. LOL. It doesn't cost anything to get a permit, but yet, they need to have full time staff members hand out these permits. What a fleecing of the taxpayer.
Cape Coral...total control freaks!
The line gets drawn, in my opinion, when the rights of the creative one violate the rights of others. She no longer HAS the right to play Outback-Jane with primitive camping conditions ...when she's in a larger neighborhood of people that didn't sign up for living in a big KOA with better conditions.