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posted by LaminatorX on Thursday February 27 2014, @12:29AM   Printer-friendly
from the This-sounds-like-a-job-for-Florida-Man dept.

Xerxes writes:

"A Florida woman who has been living off the grid has had her home declared 'Unsanitary' and has until March to connect her off-the-grid home to the city water system, or face eviction."

[ED Note: Ordinances such as this are not uncommon. My own father once had a property condemned on this basis while he was in the midst of a billing dispute with a utility.]

 
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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by boinker on Thursday February 27 2014, @12:39AM

    by boinker (2434) on Thursday February 27 2014, @12:39AM (#7672)

    Personal anecdotes with a "here's the way the world is" don't add anything to a topic. Just the facts please.

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by frojack on Thursday February 27 2014, @12:47AM

    by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Thursday February 27 2014, @12:47AM (#7680) Journal

    He points out that the requirement to be on city utilities is not unusual,
    which calls into question why they bothered to post this story at all.

    There are lots of reasons for such ordinances, and ground water contamination is something that local government has an interest in avoiding, or protecting citizens from.

    This person used rain water collection.
    She had electricity from solar panels.

    Specifically NOT MENTIONED is what she is doing with her sewage. And that can be a problem for
    neighbors.

    Never the less, the story indicates the city will certify the home if she can prove
    it has enough water and power (and presumably sewer) to be sanitary.

    So again, NON ISSUE. Why is this story here?

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    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by pjbgravely on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:03AM

      by pjbgravely (1681) <{pjbgravely} {at} {yahoo.com}> on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:03AM (#7690) Homepage
      From the first article "...in court, city officials argued that Speronis used city-owned drains for waste disposal but didn't pay for the service. The city capped her sewer in response, which stopped Speronis from using the city's wastewater management system."
      • (Score: 2) by frojack on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:36AM

        by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:36AM (#7703) Journal

        Ah, well in many places, including where I live, your sewer bill is tied to your water bill, the rationale being that most of the water you use ends up going down the drain.

        So that leaves me wondering where her sewage is going now.

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        • (Score: 4, Funny) by Angry Jesus on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:52AM

          by Angry Jesus (182) on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:52AM (#7709)

          In fact, from the link it says, Speronis replied that she will "dispose of waste as dog owners dispose of their pet's waste."

          So, not looking too good there.

          • (Score: 5, Funny) by snick on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:59AM

            by snick (1408) on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:59AM (#7714)

            Ah ... rugged individualists!

            Nothing says self sufficiency like throwing your shit in the neighbor's trash can.

            • (Score: 1) by cwix on Thursday February 27 2014, @03:04AM

              by cwix (873) on Thursday February 27 2014, @03:04AM (#7735)

              Awesome, that made me chuckle, and after a shitty day (pun intended) I needed it. Now off to find my neighbors trash can.

            • (Score: 3, Funny) by davester666 on Thursday February 27 2014, @03:44AM

              by davester666 (155) on Thursday February 27 2014, @03:44AM (#7750)

              That's what trebuchets are for!

              Just getting it into the neighbors yard isn't good enough, because, hey, your next door with a dog, but 10 houses down the street...

          • (Score: 2, Funny) by EvilJim on Thursday February 27 2014, @03:06AM

            by EvilJim (2501) on Thursday February 27 2014, @03:06AM (#7736) Journal

            how is that? by leaving it on someone else's front lawn?

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by weilawei on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:53AM

    by weilawei (109) on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:53AM (#7710)

    Agreed, this sort of stuff belongs IN A COMMENT.

    Talk WITH us, not AT us. It's atrocious to see an editor use their position to elevate the exposure of what amounts to a personal comment, in a manner not available to the rest of the community.

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by tirefire on Thursday February 27 2014, @02:49AM

      by tirefire (3414) on Thursday February 27 2014, @02:49AM (#7730)
      Easy, big fella. This is a new site, and while it's modeled after Slashdot, we're all still in the phase where we're mingling around and deciding how things work. I just signed up for an account five minutes ago, myself (whee! I have a four-digit userid).

      That said, I agree that a comment would have been more appropriate. Hopefully that will become the norm in a little while.
      • (Score: 3, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 27 2014, @04:01AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 27 2014, @04:01AM (#7761)
        Registered just to say that, eh? GCHQ disinformation operative spotted!
    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by regift_of_the_gods on Thursday February 27 2014, @04:24AM

      by regift_of_the_gods (138) on Thursday February 27 2014, @04:24AM (#7777)

      Come on, these guys do all the work and we shouldn't begrudge them a small perk like that. Besides, I usually don't mind reading them, even the ones on the other site. Then we have a byte-sized confluence of three perspectives: TFA, the submitter, and the editor.

      • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 27 2014, @04:44AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 27 2014, @04:44AM (#7786)

        these guys do all the work

        That's what Dice thought, too. Look how that turned out. The community does the work. The editors are there to facilitate that. Moreover, there's a well-known problem with bias related to speaking order and authority. The first person to speak, or the person speaking from a higher up position in a hierarchy, acts with undue influence on the remainder of any discussion. The Mission Management Team for Columbia thought that was a great strategy.

        • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 27 2014, @06:22AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 27 2014, @06:22AM (#7823)

          Mod parent up. I already moderated, but ran out of points (hence AC), then saw this one.

      • (Score: 5, Insightful) by TheRaven on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:41PM

        by TheRaven (270) on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:41PM (#7940) Journal
        The editor can already get first post quite easily. Why not put the comment in the comments. Soylent is currently suffering from a lot of articles with few comments. Having the editors drop some comments in initially would help a lot to promote discussion.
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