Florida City to Evict Woman for Living ‘Off the Grid’

Trying to live a sustainable and renewable lifestyle? Well if you live in the South-West Florida town of Cape Coral, it could get you evicted from your own home.

Robin Speronis found a notice on her door that called her home uninhabitable even though officials have never seen the inside.

Why the Notice? Because Speronis does not use city water and is not connected the the electrical grid.  Instead, she uses her own water and gas for cooking and provides her own electricity.

 It was just a matter of time before the City of Cape Coral caught up with her. We first told you about Robin Speronis last month… and her alternative lifestyle, called Living Off the Grid. She lives without running water or electricity — by choice. But her off-the-grid home is now on the radar of Cape Coral code enforcement.


“I’m going to bring this to the attention of anyone who will listen until justice is served,” Robin Speronis tells 4 In Your Corner’s Liza Fernandez as both sit outside her home.

And Speronis says — what the City of Cape Coral did the day after the story about her “Off the Grid” lifestyle aired in November is — unjust.

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

A Cape Coral code enforcement officer posted a “notice to vacate” one day after our story aired.

“Putting a woman who lives by herself, who is a widow, out on the street without any due process of law is unfathomable,” says the outgraged homeowner.

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.

The city code compliance manager tells 4 In Your Corner he tagged the home because it doesn’t have running water or electrcity, although neither modern comfort is mentioned as a requirement in the code cited by the city on the notice.

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  1. Code Enforcement obviously is applying pressure to force a city resident to be a customer of the local utilities (i.e. Big Business) whether she wants to be their customer or not. This needs to be made clear. The city government does not really care whether or not Robin Speronis is living in an efficient and healthy manner. What concerns them is the possibility that others will copy her lifestyle in order to live less expensively, and the people who drop off the grid will not be contributing the the profits of the local businesses. The local business establishments in most areas have their local public officials in their pocket. This sort of corruption is the NORM. Few if any parts of America are free of it.

    Occasionally, a city government will use code enforcement as a means of chasing an undesired resident out of town. The city of Leith, North Dakota, attempted to use the same process to evict Craig Cobb from his home because he lacked running water, but many people suspect that their real reason for acting against Cobb was their hostility toward his political views and ambitions.

    I, myself, live without running water. My house is in the West Virginia hills. I collect rain runoff from the roof of my house and store it in 60-gallon barrels, moving it around in two-gallon buckets as necessary. An outhouse, kept in good maintenance, is safe and saves 600 to 1000 gallons of water per person per month, versus using a flush toilet.

    Imagine the savings if everyone used outhouses. The rivers would run full again because people weren’t diverting their water down their toilets. Robin Speronis has ecological responsibility on her side. The city? It’s merely strongarming for the local utility companies.

    Having said all that, I’m wondering whether this is the same Robin Marie Speronis who was doing business as Zen Real Estate out of her home at 1530 SW 53rd Terrace. The business was shut down on account of a 2010 fraud in which Zen sold a house that it didn’t have a right to sell, and then refused to return all of the customer’s money when the bank foreclosed on it. It might be a coincidence of similar names, but this “other” Robin Speronis also lives in Cape Coral. (See Cape Coral Daily Breeze, 15 October 2011.)

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