No sir, There will be No living off the grid in Cape Coral, Florida

This is a truly interesting story. I know nothing about her guilt or innocence regarding the crime alleged in the article. I post this because I find it astonishing that the city thinks that one person’s waste added to their sewer system is worth more than $1000 charge in a year, and that they would cap the sewer is astonishing to me. At best, it’s an indictment against property rights and personal choice insofar as living in any city may be concerned.

There’s a lot of food for thought here:

‘Pure evil’: City caps sewer of woman fighting to live ‘off the grid’

By 19 hours ago Odd News

The fight of Cape Coral, Florida resident Robin Speronis to live “off the grid” has escalated with the city’s recent decision to cap her access to the sewer so she can no longer use it. It’s a move she calls, “pure evil.”

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Robin Speronis (WFTX)

Since November 2013, WFTX Fox 4 has reported on Ms. Speronis’ ongoing battle with the city to live without most utilities. The self-sufficient woman has lived for more than a year-and-a-half using solar energy, a propane camping stove, rain water, and eating mainly non-perishable food. However, the day after the station’s first profile of her lifestyle Speronis’ home was tagged by the city code enforcement with a notice to vacate.

The notice to vacate posted on Robin Speronis’ home. (WFTX)

The story of her plight spread and many rallied around Speronis’ cause sending Cape Coral officials complaints in support of the woman. WFTX reported that the city clarified that, “…municipalities don’t have the power to evict,” and that the notice was placed because they, “…merely [wanted] access to the home to provide suggestion so Speronis can live off the grid in Cape Coral.” After that incident, Speronis told the station, “Cape Coral needs to be afraid of me, I’m not afraid of them.”

Robin Speronis with officers at her home. (WFTX)

In January attorney Todd Allen, who agreed to represent Speronis pro-bono, was served with a five-page amended violation notice that cited international property maintenance code and city ordinances. Allen said that the two sets of codes are not clear, “What is a private water system? That’s not defined in either code. But if one code accepts it, then they shouldn’t, the other shouldn’t negate the ability to have one.”

Todd Allen (WFTX)


Last week, Speronis appeared before Special Magistrate Harold S. Eskin and was found not guilty of violating city codes requiring a proper electrical and sewer system. Though, Speronis was found guilty of violating a code requiring an approved water supply. Eskin ordered that she hook-up to the cityutilities. In response Speronis told WFTX and The News-Press, “That doesn’t make common sense. So why would I do that? Why would I hook, hook up to the city water and then not use it?”

Robin Speronis’ rain water collection barrels. (WFTX)

Also discussed at the special hearing was the fact that Speronis had been using the sewer system for the past year yet not paying for the service amassing a past due bill in the thousands. After her testimony admitting that she had used the service without paying for it, the city decided to cap the sewer line. Connie Barron, Cape Coral spokesperson told The News-Press, “She also gave clear indications she does not intend to pay for this service but intends to continue to use the system. We really had no choice but to cap the sewer.”

Speronis’ time living on the grid hasn’t gone so well for her either. As reported by the Cape Coral Daily Breeze , in June 2011, she plead no content to larceny, and was sentenced to 10 years of state probation and ordered to pay $32,000 in restitution. In January 2012, she had her real estate license revoked following a second complaint that she had not returned a $3,500 deposit following a failed condo sale.

(Lee County Sheriff’s Office)

The magistrates order takes effect on March 28 however Speronis says that her attorney can stay the decision during the appeal process. Speronis seems to stands firm on her decision to live off the grid and said that she had a way to do without the sewer system in a sanitary fashion.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. InalienableWrights
    Feb 26, 2014 @ 19:22:06

    I lived in the Cape 10 years ago, and even then it was more of an overt police state than say Fort Myers. I see it has not gotten any better.


  2. InalienableWrights
    Feb 26, 2014 @ 19:23:58

    I am very close to the Cape right now, I am tempted to find this lady and have a chat with her.


  3. truthfarmer
    Feb 26, 2014 @ 20:57:54

    I would love to have some idea of what the sense of this lady is from someone other than an anonymous journalist. Let me know if you do speak with her!


    • InalienableWrights
      Feb 26, 2014 @ 21:26:16

      Will do. It was with great regret that I left FL, and moved to SW Missouri 4 years ago because of State wide codes than precluded one from having any control over the land that you euphemistically “own” here.


  4. InalienableWrights
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 10:22:57

    Just a post of mine re posted:

    They neglect to mention in this article that it is our Gods the building code Nazi’s that have done the most of anyone to insure that we do not conserve water:

    In fact they want to put this lady in jail for doing so:


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