Florida Makes Off-Grid Living Illegal – Mandates All Homes Must Be Connected To Electricity & Water Grid


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Robin Speronis lives off the grid in Florida, completely independent of the city’s water and electric system. A few weeks ago, officials ruled her off-grid home illegal. Officials cited the International Property Maintenance Code, which mandates that homes be connected to an electricity grid and a running water source.

That’s like saying our dependency on corporations isn’t even a choice. The choice to live without most utilities has been ongoing for Robin, the self-sufficient woman has lived for more than a year and a half using solar energy, a propane camping stove and rain water.

In the end, she was found not guilty of not having a proper sewer or electrical system; but was guilty of not being hooked up to an approved water supply.

Speronis is still being hassled by the municipality of Cape Coral for not having a connection to city water, nor proper sewage. That. regardless of the fact the city capped her sewers themselves.

Robin Speronis during a news interview.

Robin Speronis during a news interview.

Is Off-Grid Really Illegal?

In essence yes. To live off the grid means to not have to hook up to any corporate or municipal utilities. If a municipality makes it illegal to disconnect from any given utility, they are in essence making off grid living illegal.

“It means living independently, mainly living independently of the utility companies. Providing your own power. It does not mean living in the stone age, it’s not about bush craft. It’s about generating your own power, your own water, dealing with your own waste. Probably as part of a community, not living on your own like a hermit. It’s also about being more self-reliant and being less dependent on the system. Perhaps realizing that the system isn’t really protecting us anymore and we have to look after ourselves.” – George Noory

Exploring Our Potential Beyond The Grid

Our potential as a human race is quite extraordinary, we just don’t realize it. Sustainable living is not about giving up a certain lifestyle. We can still have all the modern amenities, design and beyond. We simply need to transition from one way of seeing housing to another.

One potential issue with off the grid living is that corporations will lose their ability to control others with their utility. This could be the type of political and corporate agreements that give people like Speronis issues to begin with.

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozled has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” – Carl Sagan

Moving Away From Dependence

The human race does not need to be dependent on these corporations for basic needs in the manner we have now. While we continue to feed this dependency, the planet continues to suffer. In order to move forward, we must start cooperating with each other, and realize just how much potential we have to create something  we can take into our own hands and do sustainably. We can’t wait for these coproations to come up with solutions as they will likely be very profit oriented.

Another Case of State Hassle

Earlier this year, Texas state brought several SWAT teams to a sustainable community and threatened to shut it down. Each one of the community members were initially handcuffed at gunpoint. It was called “The Garden of Eden Community,” and was totally self sustainable. You can read more about that here.

Sources:

http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/the-stream/the-stream-officialblog/2014/2/25/florida-court-challengesoffthegridliving.html

http://www.offthegridnews.com/2014/02/22/court-rules-off-the-grid-living-is-illegal/


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  1. The reason why i left america.

  2. By not allowing the people to choose the way they want to live is indeed a violation of our rights, but according to America and it’s constipated congress, living a sustainable lifestyle outside of these big corporations is a violation to the state in which deems it illegal to live. There are issues and consequences to living off grid. One living off grid the big corporations cannot keep track of you for big brother, so that big brother can’t keep you monitored and on their radar and under the thumbs. Living off grid means that these big corporations take a major hit, just one family leaves the grid, they draw that much closer to having to shut down their money making corporation, they want to keep continuing to ruin our planets with their space age technology.

    • featherbrighteyes

      id like to see anyone try and stop me.

      • I agree, I’ll use solar and rain water collection (God given?) natural resources that are necessities for survival and longevity… and if someone wants to tell me I can’t look at the sun or catch rain water to drink, they’ll be staring down the barrel of my second amendment right that allows me to maintain the simplistic guarantee of this world, my right to live and survive.

  3. Glen

    Just because its hooked up does not mean you have to use them.

    • In South Australia you dont have to be hooked to water (as long it passes your property) you have to pay water rates.It is not how much water do you use, but how valuable your house is.If your consumtion is larger than “allocated” you pay extra.The social design and network has been sold to corperations and “you are forced to do bussiness. That will have to change in future but it will be painfull

  4. Here’s the true trick. Get a legal tiny house (it’s called a “trailer”), insulate it well, then haul it out and park it on a piece of land that is at least 25 miles from electricity, and close to water. Learn to make or do the things folks need to live….Make and fix clothes, make and fix shoes, grow food, make and sell bread, make-fix-sharpen tools, make-fix-sharpen knives and weapons, provide mechanical skills, provide medical skills, provide barber services, grow weed if you move into one of the “legal” states, make soap, make candles, bake stuff. Teach a skill. Shoe Horses. Be a blacksmith, Be a builder. Build furniture. Be a re-loader. Train dogs. None of the above takes anything more than a little ingenuity and some willingness to learn. But the most important part is living near running water, and a long ways from electricity.You could find a place to park your trailer on barter alone. Also barter for most of what you need, and everything else is gravy. Anytime someone (authority-badge) doesn’t like what your doing, pack the trailer and roll on down the road. Same thing is true if you put the house on a float. Or have a big live aboard boat. Pull up anchor and go on down the bay. I realize a lot of you are tied to the system, living and working inside the zoo. But you don’t have to be wealthy to get out. Just enough to buy, get or build a tiny house on wheels and some (mechanically sound) old beater Ford with a big 6 (300) and a manual tranny to haul it around. You would be surprised how cheap freedom really is. Anybody can put together escape money if you just think about it a little. Spend a year being a migrant farm worker. You will be amazed at what you will learn. (Besides a language) You may not make a whole lot of money, but you will learn to feed yourself without going to the store. I learned to love Asparagus when that was the only edible food near the cotton I was picking. Tasted better than the best caviar when your real hungry and real tired.

  5. Judy

    Illegal to live off the grid? Then they can’t shut off the utilities for any reasons as it would be against the law to be off the grid….

  6. jean pierre sant

    Thats utterly communist! We in malta have installed so many pv panels that some households are feedung back the grid. But no entity can tell you that you must be connected, on what ground do you make a citizen be connected….why?

  7. reporter

    Living of the grid and circulating waste is the choise to save this planet in the long run. We should live on the countryside to be more independent. Read more of the future from Vladimir Megre: Anastasia.

  8. Yixal

    Must be great to have all this freedom in Muricah! Sure is great they spread this to the rest of us barbarians on this planet! No apologies for the vitriol, I am sincerely outraged that this is condoned by humans in our day and age.

    • Gene

      Come on out to Az. (better weather here anyway) lots of people off grid out here. There are no power lines or water for many thousands that live on their own land. Have 43 acres you could watch.

      • simon

        I’m packing my thing and I’m joining you ! From canada

  9. Somehow the state will grant the utility company the power to issue a citation that the court will recognize. It then can go to warrant if you don’t pay and now you’re driving with a warrant. It happened to me in Tucson with Tucson Water Company. Long story short, if I didn’t pay the citation, that would’ve happened.

  10. What would happen if I just don’t pay..

    • Michael

      That’s what I was thinking. Wouldn’t they threaten to cut off your electricity? Win!

    • They’d fine you $100k per day until you did. “We’ve suddenly ruled that this land you’re currently living on is protected wetland, vacate immediately or we’ll fine you daily until you do.”

  11. Justin Shaw

    It was only a matter of time before some greedy uptight asshole decided to start a bill to make independent green hollistic living illegal probably owns a few oily rigs in Texas his grandkids will get him for destroying this planet Florida wake up don’t let these corporate assholes ruin it and some politicians should listen to back to the earth by Jason mraz I’m ashamed of humanity nuff said

    • simon

      they can pass any law they want, but if nobody care about them, what will they do ?

      What if nobody back them up and ”Respect” it ? Imagine if authority would not give a damn about it and just protect the citizens from the corporacy that want your money, would’nt that be wonderful ??

  12. who,s they ? my god people its a rule a code a suggestion not a law who is gonna say i owe a debt for no services rendered who is going to tell me what i can and cant do on my property that’s called a trespass and trespasses pay well these days suijuris.me

  13. They might make me hook up to it, but they can’t keep me from turning off the main switch on my electric panel or using my own well.

    • Mario

      They can still charge you service fees for the connection.

      • tomD

        that i wouldnt pay and theyd turn off im poor so wella taxes oh borrowed .. no mo money wiggaz daum stoopid govt types be reeel dumb (chris Rock skit_) Reeel Dumb

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