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    Woman living "off the grid" faces eviction

    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.

    http://blogs.ajc.com/news-to-me/2013...ogs_news_to_me

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    Re: Woman living "off the grid" faces eviction

    Saw this elsewhere and like there it lacks details. It's certain to rile many as written, but without all the facts it's rhetorical to judge. For example it is my understanding she doesn't use city water but collects rain water which I do as well where I live now. However I don't live near any city and she is in one or so I'm told. So when there is a fire at her house, and her rain water is insufficient to put it out and the fire truck opens up a hydrant....she should not have paid for the water lines and all?


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    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.

    Woman living ‘off the grid’ faces eviction | News To Me with George Mathis

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    Re: Woman living "off the grid" faces eviction

    Taxes paid cover the fire department and she is current.

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    Re: Woman living "off the grid" faces eviction

    Lots of people in the desert do this. They have huge underground cisterns to store the captured rain water. This is complete BS and the lady should have shot it out with these jack boot thugs.

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    Re: Woman living "off the grid" faces eviction

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Lots of people in the desert do this. They have huge underground cisterns to store the captured rain water. This is complete BS and the lady should have shot it out with these jack boot thugs.
    We're just seeing crap like this with increasing frequency.

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    Re: Woman living "off the grid" faces eviction

    Not in CA. Property taxes in some states don't have anything to do with water, sewer, garbage, lighting, storm drain and in some places even fire protection.


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    Taxes paid cover the fire department and she is current.

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    Re: Woman living "off the grid" faces eviction

    Some years ago, the Colorado Springs City Council decided it needed money. So it imposed a fee on all homeowners for the use of a sewer system to deal with the rainwater that ran off their roof and property. But if someone tried to collect that rainwater to use for irrigation, they couldn't do that because the City also determined that the water rightfully belonged to the city.

    They finally had to trash that fee because so many people just didn't pay it.
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    Re: Woman living "off the grid" faces eviction

    I think in Maryland they now have a tax on rain and stormy days.
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    Re: Woman living "off the grid" faces eviction

    I will give her this, she is pretty tough living in that house pictured with no electricity and thus no AC in Florida. I have always thought it would be cool living off the grid, or having an off the grid weekend cabin, but it sure would not be in Florida or the deep south.
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    Re: Woman living "off the grid" faces eviction

    I live in Oklahoma and it is illegal to store the runoff from rain on ones house. It's considered interfering in the free flow of water that should be going down thru the streams and into the rivers. I think that this needs to be changed but that is the law as it is now.
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