Florida city to evict widow for ‘living off the grid’; cites ‘international code’

A Cape Coral woman featured on a local television program talking about how she lives without running water or electricity learned about the downside of fame a day after the story aired.

A code enforcement officer showed up at her house with a placard ordering the premises vacated as “uninhabitable,” according to Fox affiliate WFTX Channel 4.

offthegrid1215newerAccording to the station, Robin Speronis appeared on the station in November in a feature called “Living Off the Grid.”

The notion of a home without electricity or running water got Speronis into hot water with the Cape Coral authorities.

“A code enforcement officer came, knocked on the door then posts a placard that says uninhabitable property, do not enter,” Robin told the station.

According to WFTX, the notice cites international property maintenance code calling the home unsafe to live in. But how can a code enforcement officer who’s never been in the home know whether it’s unsafe or not?

The notice cites international property maintenance code and states the property is unsafe to be lived in, but Robin wonders how code enforcement would know without ever having been inside the home.

And that’s not to mention exactly what an international property maintenance code has to do with Cape Coral, Fla., housing case. According to WFTX, a city official said the home is uninhabitable because it lacks running water and electricity, though neither is listed in the international ordinance the city cited.

(If the international community is  going to start evicting people from homes worldwide because they lack electricity and running water there’s going to be a fair number of people on the move before too long. Better hope they’re not coming to the Caloosahatchee.)

Speronis told the station a local attorney is taking her case for free – and the city is apparently willing to forget the whole thing if Speronis can show the home actually is safe to live in, WFTX reports.

Speronis wishes the whole case never came up.

“Where is the justice? Why did they choose me?” she said. “Because I was exercising my First Amendment rights of free speech in discussing living off the grid.”

A local attorney has since agreed to take on Robin’s case for free. And the city says if she can prove she can sustain herself and her home without water or electricty both parties might be able to come to a solution.

Check out the WFTX report here. It’s worth a look.

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About Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at jpjsaunders@gmail.com.

  • Anna Fabian

    Wait until epa sees her rain barrells!
    Govmt alwats meddling in other people’s business!
    Her house looked clean and she looks well kept so what is coral gables problem? I guess wanting to squeeze every penny out of their town folks?
    I think she will win this one!
    Do we all need to load up and go fight for her too?
    Land of the nazis!

    • Doug

      This, like the chickens, will be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction.

    • shaun

      Land of the Marxists more like it. This regime is starting to resemble Trotsky’s dream.a utopia of control,Orwellian in nature..

      • Marine68

        Sir Thomas More wrote Utopia,
        published in 1516, about the political system of an ideal and imaginary
        island nation. Marx probably dreamed up his version of it for a more modern time, and tyrannical fools have been trying to engulf the World into it to this day. The only problem is that greed cannot be controlled or extinguished, and those infected by it will not share their wealth or power even in a socialist setting. That is why every Marxist Regime has resorted to mass Genocide as a control agent.

    • reinhold

      NAZIS? What on earth do the Christian Nationalists of the German Third Reich have to do with this kind of oppression? The Nazis expelled the oppressors!

      Today as a result of the Conquest of Europe Germany remains under Militray Occupation just like the formerly free States within this Union in “America.” The current insurrection n America is Communist- Jewish Bolshevist. The Current Calamity is the result of criminal acts by American Bolshevists during the past 100 years! Not the Nazis!

      Within 5 years oft he election the Nazis delivered every promise. The Nazis abolished the bogus credit of central banking. The Nazis successfully established economic and social liberty. This resulted in immediate peace ad prosperity. America remained in ruin by the Great Depression imposed by the Federal Reserve System of Credit Fraud until after 1948.

      The stupidity of Bolshevist policy that would forbid self sufficient independence Communism. Judaism is Communism. America is Internationale Communist – Bolshevist ! The Christian Nationalists of the German Third Reich expelled the Internationale Bolshevist Central Power.

      Americans cannot repent because Americas will not confess.

      Arrest, Abolish and Exterminate the Kosher Kabal of the Bogus Bank of Credit Fraud.

      No King but King Yehsua (Jesus)
      In His name and by His power.


      • John Davidson Jr

        The Führer thanks you from the grave:

        Hitler was a Leftist
        Hitler’s Anti-Tobacco Campaign

        One particularly vile individual, Karl Astel — upstanding president of Jena University, poisonous anti-Semite, euthanasia fanatic, SS officer, war criminal and tobacco-free Germany enthusiast — liked to walk up to smokers and tear cigarettes from their unsuspecting mouths. (He committed suicide when the war ended, more through disappointment than fear of hanging.) It comes as little surprise to discover that the phrase “passive smoking” (Passivrauchen) was coined not by contemporary American admen, but by Fritz Lickint, the author of the magisterial 1100-page Tabak und Organismus (“Tobacco and the Organism”), which was produced in collaboration with the German AntiTobacco League.


        • reinhold

          How very silly of you to post your avatar as the Malignant Mulatto disguised as the Chancellor of the German Third Reich, Adolf Hitler.

          You make bold assertions. You seem to tae umbrage with those who are often accused of being”anti-semites.” You do of course recognize that the term is a cheap euphemism used to identify those that hate World Jewry and all things Talmudic.

          This in turn identifies the the defender of the synagogue of Satan. That would be you.

          Considering all the evil perpetrated by World Jewry it is preposterous to claim that anyone that opposes these vile evil purposes should be called, as you have done here, “…vile individual, Karl Astel — upstanding president of Jena University, poisonous anti-Semite, euthanasia fanatic, SS officer, war criminal.”

          Love the truth. Hate the lie. Here you have amply demonstrated that you oppose the ideology declared by our Savior King, Yeshua who promised. “You shall know the truth and the truth will make you free.”

          Love the truth hate the lie. The truth is worthy, shout it from the roof tops! The ethereal lie will vanish, no longer able to obstruct that truth that makes men free!

          • bobfairlane

            Yahjew isn’t going to help either. lol. All that Yahjew stuff is just as nuts as jew-daism.

          • reinhold

            What do you recommend?

          • bobfairlane

            Thanks for asking. I recommend becoming an avowed secularist and nationalist and not supporting screwy religions.

          • reinhold

            I understand that you advocate nationalistic disestablishmentarianism.

            I agree, “No screwy religions ! I am not a “religionist. I am an avowed a Christian.

            Of course Primitive Christian Doctrine forms the Foundation the genuine Law of Western Civilization- especially American Law. The Early Americans succeeded in escaping and then expelling the power of the Secular Crown that controlled the “Church of England.” These Genuine Christians rejected any notion that the Crown or any Power of Man would be allowed to replace Christian National Law.

            Most Americans are oblivious to the fact that Christian is a Doctrine that comprises the Law of the Almighty Creator. This Law establishes the only valid Nation (The Kingdom). Christians have One Teacher, The Christ. No man or body of men shall make Law. Secularist assert they hold the power of making Law and the authority for governing The People.

            It was the Genuine Christians in a American that declared that The People of the States within this Union would secure governance of Law, not of men. Of course the European States (Nations) establishe their respective governance upon the same Christian Doctrine and Law..

            All of these States whose law was established upon Genuine Christian Doctrine are oppressed by secular powers reliant on the power of the Kosher Kabal of The Bogus Bank of Credit Fraud. You may recall that Yeshua the Christ drove these “Money Changers” out of the hall of governance (Temple) with a scourge he made with his own hands . They tried to kill Yeshua The Christ but failed.

            In effect secular law has continued to subjugate the peoples. Secularism and other “screwy religions” are indeed responsible for the current circumstance – global chaos and calamity! Christian Doctrine opposes this!

            The Christian Nationalist of the German Third Reich succeeded in expelling the Kosher Kabal of the Bogus Bank of Credit Fraud thereby peacefully liberating the Duetscher Volk.

            The “screwy religion” of Secular Law incited war to disguise the brutal war of attrition that savaged Christian Europe. Even today, Germany remains subjugated by the Secular Law of Military Occupation.

            The Communist Revolution was not a revolution at all but a Secular Insurrection determined to destroy Christian Russia. These Secularists brutally murdered all Christian Intellectuals and all that opposed this genocide. Declaring, “Communism is the soul Judaism” these Secular Insurgents (Jews) declare Secular Law and kill all that resist.

            You advocate a governance by “avowed secular” men.

            In order to pursue this objective it will be necessary to abolish the Christian Law that established the several States within this Union that establish a Union of Free States governed by men rather than law.

            How do you propose to establish a nation to which one could become an avowed Nationalist? To which nation shall this fealty be ascribed ? Whom do you propose shall govern this nation? By what means shall a doctrine of Law be determined? Or do you propose a nation having no law whatsoever?

            The Battle Cry of the American Revolution: “No King But King Jesus.”

            Thank you for your kind attention.

      • Sheryldeen Feyerabend

        I so agree with you Reinhold. I am glad to see someone else who knows the REAL truth and speaks it! Thanks for your post. :D

        • reinhold

          Sheryldeen, It very seldom that one will demonstrate civility by acknowledging the truthful witness. How lovely are the feet of she that brings good news!

          The truth is indestructible. To ensure that one is free one must know the truth.

          Therefor did our Savior King, Yeshua declare his promise: “You shall know the truth and the truth will make you free.”

          Love the truth hate the lie. The truth is worthy, shout it from the roof tops! The ethereal lie will vanish, no longer able to obstruct that truth that makes men free!

          Vielen dank!

      • Doug

        Reinhold. What was your reaction to Time naming the Pope as person of the year and were you upset that Himmler was once again passed over as the posthumous person of the year?

        • reinhold

          My response: The new pope is like unto all his predecessors. Catholicism is Judaism disguised as Christianity.

          Your snide reference to Himmler demonstrates the vast abyss of the absence of truth that governs your participation in Society. It also exhibits enormous timidity.

          Discover the truth. Knowing the truth will set you free.

          Read: “A Short History of the Balfour Declaration” http://www.barnesreview.org

          The knowledge on these few pages (about 110) will bridge the gap that separates your ability to apprehend your current circumstance.

        • joeblow1984

          Himmler’s black cousin, Eric Holder didn’t make it on Time’s person of the year.

      • Kamaut Longbabilon

        Just as calling oneself “Christian” can not MAKE one truly Christian, so also is calling oneself a “Jew” without practicing the religion as The Christ and God required! – Yes, there were “Jews” in Bolshevism, as well as “Christians” therein… and probably a number of Atheists and Spiritists and Animists….. But those who followed that path never BELONGED TO GOD, and God never RECOGNISED them, or ever LISTENED to their PRAYERS (as John wrote of) – and so were God-less. but followed another god. WE ALSO must forever be on guard against heading that direction, and IF we find that we are already heading (or in) the wrong path, better we REPENT RIGHT NOW to God directly, and CORRECT ourselves according to scripture (if we really WANT to)… otherwise we will fall into the same morass of effects of evil that many Jews died of in the fall of Jerusalem AD70, and the overthrow of Germany by Hitler did…. Such effects are well ENTRENCHED in USA right NOW! – in LAWS of mass murder of babies (innocentia) by abortion, and Gay Rights (an anathema to all decent humans) and their agendas (which will go further down the track to HELL once other laws are passed enforcing upon the citizens that sodomic effect.)

        • reinhold

          When, where and how does “The Christ and God” require anyone to practice Judaism?

          When did Adolf Hitler overthrow Germany?

          The Jews atethe beneficiaries of WW I, WWII and all that follow. Read:
          “A Short History of The Balfour Declaration.’ Thou shalt not bear false witness against you neighbor.

    • Kamaut Longbabilon

      As with the Nazis, who were quite STUPID when it came to running a country (killing off the very business people that paid most of the taxes = Jews), America seems to be embracing EVERY LAW that will DESTROY it – And that may be WHY Biblical Prophecy mentions the country that started of as like a “Lamb” becoming a LION wishing to devour everyone (as in dominate) – will be destroyed as a result of her “curses” they made for themselves (The golden rule of The 2nd. Commandment, is about those who “HATE” God (disbelieving, disobeying, dishonouring etc)… The other MAJOR law therein is the one that makes us BELONG to God, and no-one else… (4th)… principles of God and His Laws as “Kamaut Longbabilon” shows on his Facebook page, as well as “Come Out Of Babylon My People” there.

    • bobfairlane

      I was with you till you start bitching about “nazis”. lol.

      • reinhold

        That is a worthy objection. Sustained!

    • joeblow1984

      NaziDuh, formally Florida, no longer a free state. Just like NaziFornia, Nazigan, Nazicutt, Nazi York, Naziga, Nazivada, NaziTah, NaziNois, the list goes on. Black Hitler (Obama) would be proud.

  • joe cartwright

    SO, if she is homeless and lives in the streets in Cape Coral . Then does that mean the streets should be taged uninhabitable too???

    • Sixpackbinky

      And the city had no problem taking her taxes on this uninhabitable house. Should they have to return her personal property taxes?

  • Edna Haydon

    Anna, if Robin Speronis is living off the grid, she can sustain her lifestyle with solar panels or generators for heat, electricity and rain water for her personal use. How many other people in America live off the grid? Hundreds or even thousands of people during the bad weather as well as those who live on a budget and can not afford to pay the high cost of living when you live on minimum wage with children.

    • Doomedfuzz

      Stop having children then. I get sick of that argument. I didn’t have kids until I was married, had a college degree, and had a good job. And it tool time and a hell of a lot of work – blood, sweat, tears, and sacrifice. I’m no better than anybody else but I don’t want to pay for others bad decisions or inability to leverage the bountiful free birth control in this country. No adult deserves a thing they don’t work for unless they are disabled, elderly, or for a short period of time (the safety net which is needed). Then get on with life instead of being a leech.

      • Doug

        If you’re on welfare and you have another child then you should be involuntarily sterilized.

    • Chico Hinojos


  • Grant Ritchie

    “We’re from the government and we’re here to help.” Right.

  • LMW51

    international code? That is the part that caught my eye. We don’t follow INTERnational laws in the country. This needs a lot greater publicity.

    • Concerned Mom

      This will happen sooner than we think if Eric Holder and John Kerry have their way. If the US adopts the CRPD and the CRC (Convention for Rights of People w/Disabilities and the Convention for the Right of the Child) the UN law will supersede US law. They are trying to push this through quickly and quietly, the media is not reporting on this (shocker). This means the UN can be making decisions about what is best for our children and disabled loved ones, rather than letting the parents decide what is best. This is real and it is happening. For more info, go to parentalrights dot org.

    • Gracie Love

      ICC-ES is the United States’ leader in evaluating building products for compliance with code. A nonprofit, public benefit corporation, ICC-ES does technical evaluations of building products, components, methods, and materials.
      ***** stay out our business ICC-ES******

  • Boobie_The_Rocket_Dog

    Since when is ANY American subject to ANY so-called “international code?’ Cape Coral must be run by Obamarrhoid condo commandos gone berserk.

    • Concerned Mom

      See my comments under Concerned Mom, John Kerry is trying to push this through quickly. We would be subject to UN law.

    • joeblow1984

      When the clowns at city hall incorporate it in zoning regulations. The Socialist Dictatorship of Leffingwell a la Austin, Texas passed legislation which mandates all new homes built after 2015, have no steps, and electrical receptacles no greater than 6 inches from the floor. Passed on second reading on 12-12-13. This cancer begins at the local level and spreads. SHOW UP TO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS!

  • Kenneth Clark

    Gov. Scott needs to get involved in this. Also this so called “International Ordinance” should be repealed in total and declared illegal by the State Legislature. We all a guaranteed, by the Constitution, The pursuit of Happiness. If this woman is happy living off the grid, they have violated her Constitutional Rights.
    Government from local to federal thinks they own a monopoly on life. They do not.

    • Doug

      Makes sense to me.

    • joeblow1984

      Greta on Fox News made an interesting point, get involved she said. Call your elected officials hourly, and often. Bug the hell out of them. After all it’s time to get some payback. I say go further, tape record the call, and posted it on social media. LET’S HOLD OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE! Who’s up to the challenge? Use Cogi for cell phone recordings, and for VOIPs and Landlines get your hands on a Marantz PMD-201. Download stepvoice recorder (freeware) and utilize MS Paint and Windows Movie Maker for the video mixing to the audio. Then upload.

  • Greta441

    The Amish live like that. Are they all going to be evicted, too?

    • joeblow1984

      Yes Obama is working on that. As the Amish don’t hold a Quran.

  • Doomedfuzz

    I work for a large property management company and I’ve heard that “International Building Code” baloney before as well. Cities use in regard to water, sewer, electric, and gas ordinances or better – for a lack or an understanding of them. Seems a lot of the smaller, middle to lower income suburban cities and towns around the country use that as an excuse to A. Not do their Job but have something to fall back on when they decide they want to leverage some muscle but really don’t know what to do, B. collect revenues from businesses or individuals, C. and get around having actual inspectors or code enforcement people that actually know the code as laid out by their municipality. I even had a “state level” agency employee throw that up in my face one time. You know what – it’s all bunk. It’s not mentioned ANYWHERE in our state property codes which I am more familiar with than the people who administer it (I’ve read it front to back dozens of times and can probably quote certain areas they always want to fight us on) nor where the issues the small cities try to hit us on a part of the International Code as they claimed – just like Cape Coral.

  • http://mcbluefire.net McB

    She is happy (or was before this). What other evidence is necessary to prove she can sustain this?

    Idiot governments are so busy convincing us we cannot live without them that they have begun to believe their own propaganda….

    Government, WE DO NOT NEED YOU. Shut up, sit down, and do what you are constitutionally authorized to do. Hint: you are not authorized to ensure a quality of living as you see fit.