Florida Authorities Evict Widow For “Living Off The Grid”
December 16, 2013 3:04pm PST
A Florida widow was shocked when she received a knock at the door, not because she was scared, but because of what ensued. When she went to see who was there, she saw a local official placing a note on the door deeming the house unfit for habitation and effectively evicting the woman.
Robin Speronis explained that after a news organization came to interview her about her lifestyle to live without water and electricity—a lifestyle she is calling “living off the grid”–one day later, authorities kicked her out. She stated, “A code enforcement officer came, knocked on the door then posts a placard that says uninhabitable property, do not enter.”
Speronis, besides her obvious disappointment from being kicked out of her residence, states that this is a direct violation of her rights. She asks, “Where is the justice? Why did they choose me? I was exercising my First Amendment rights of free speech in discussing living off the grid.”
According to WFTX-TV the note posted on the door cited international property maintenance code had been violated deeming the property unsafe to live in. However, it does not state anywhere on the notice that lack of electricity or water is in violation of the specific code mentioned.
Even if the house were inhabitable, Speronis disputes the claims challenging that not one code enforcement officer had set foot inside her house. She explains her disbelief of the eviction saying, “Putting a woman who lives by herself, who is a widow, out on the street without any due process of law is unfathomable.”
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Speronis, now teamed with a lawyer who has agreed to represent her free of charge, is fighting back against authorities. “I’m going to bring this to the attention of anyone who will listen until justice is served,” said the woman.
During the interview she did decline to answer whether or not she was living in the residence—her refusal of the answer can only imply that she is still living there.
The city has recently said that if she can prove that the house can be run in a sanitary and suitable manner for human life, they may be able to reach an agreement.
My question is, why didn’t they ask that before they kicked the woman out?
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