FLORIDA – Is it illegal to live off the grid? That’s what a Florida woman named Robin Speronis is asking herself now when authorities demanded she vacate her home. A few weeks ago Robin’s story was featured on Fox 4 news in Florida. She does not have a refrigerator, oven, running water, or electricity.
“It was an interest in empowering myself, like we did when we got off the health care system. I wanted to look at every other part of my lifestyle and say, do I need this? Is this of value to me? If it went away tomorrow, what would I do? The more I got into it, the more exciting, the more of an adventure it became. My message was to create, so I created a happy place… a place where I get up, and I’m like this is beautiful.”
Most of what Robin owns was free. She cooks using propane and her electronics run on solar-charged batteries. She gets her water from rain barrels and uses a colloidal-silver generator to disinfect the rain water. When Robin was featured on the news, she found a notice to vacate her property on her door as it is deemed unsafe to live. Fox 4
Robin said she owns her home free and clear and her taxes are up to date.
“Putting a woman who lives by herself, who is a widow, out on the street without any due process of law is unfathomable. Where is the justice? Why did they choose me…because I was exercising my First Amendment rights of free speech in discussing living off the grid.”
Fox 4 reports that there has been an overwhelming show of support for Robin from people who have heard her story.
A local attorney has agreed to take Robin’s case for free. The city officials say if she can prove her home is safe to live in then she can go back, But many are saying it should be the other way around, the city should have to prove it isn’t safe to live in.