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Court Rules Off-The-Grid Living Is Illegal


Back in December, we ran an article: Cape Coral Woman Being Kicked Out Of Her Home, about a woman, Robin Speronis, from Cape Coral, FL, whom the city was trying to evict because she was living “off the grid”. She had disconnected the power and water lines from her home.

Now we here the results of her court case, in an article from Court Rules Off-The-Grid Living Is Illegal.

Written by Daniel Jennings

Living off the grid is illegal in Cape Coral, Florida, according to a court ruling Thursday.

Special Magistrate Harold S. Eskin ruled that the city’s codes allow Robin Speronis to live without utility power but she is still required to hook her home to the city’s water system. Her alternative source of power must be approved by the city, Eskin said.

As previously reported in Off The Grid News, Speronis has been fighting the city of Cape Coral since November when a code enforcement officer tried to evict her from her home for living without utilities. The city contends that Speronis violated the International Property Maintenance Code by relying on rain water instead of the city water system and solar panels instead of the electric grid.

“It was a mental fistfight,” Speronis’ attorney Todd Allen said of Eskin’s review of his clients’ case. “There’s an inherent conflict in the code.”

Part of the conflict: She must hook up to the water system, although officials acknowledge she does not have to use it.

Speronis told Off The Grid News in February she hopes to win her case and set a precedent for others in her situation. After court Thursday, Speronis told Off The Grid News that she actually won on two of three counts, although she acknowledged her legal battle is far from over.

“But what happens in the courtroom is much less important than touching people’s hearts and minds,” she said. “I think that we are continuing to be successful in doing just that and I am so pleased — there is hope! [Friday] morning, as I took my two hour walk, there was a young man, unknown to me, who drove by me, tooted his horn and said, ‘Robin, congratulations on your victory yesterday, keep up the fight and God bless you.’ That is beautiful.”

(Editor’s note: Hear our earlier interview with Robin Speronis here.)

Magistrate Admits Code is Unreasonable

Eskin spent several hours reviewing the case and admitted that the code might be obsolete, the local Press-News newspaper reported.

“Reasonableness and code requirements don’t always go hand-in-hand … given societal and technical changes (that) requires review of code ordinances,” Eskin was quoted as saying.

Eskin’s remarks indicate that he views the code as both obsolete and unreasonable and in need of change. Yet he felt he had to enforce it.

The city did overstep its authority and may have violated due process procedures, Eskin noted. He felt that the city had not given Speronis proper notice of violations and ruled that some of the charges against her were unfounded.

“I am in compliance,” Speronis told the News-Press. “I’m in compliance of living … you may have to hook-up, but you don’t have to use it. Well, what’s the point?”

Case is Unresolved

Speronis disconnected all the utilities from her modest home in Cape Coral for an experiment in off-the-grid living some time ago. City officials ignored her activities until she went public and discussed them with Liza Fernandez, a reporter for a local TV station. A code enforcement officer designated Speronis’s home as uninhabitable and gave her an eviction notice a day after the piece aired.

The widow and former real estate agent now has two choices. She can either restore her hookup to the water system by the end of March or appeal Eskin’s ruling to the courts.

It is not known what action the city will take but city officials told Fernandez that they would be willing to let Speronis stay in her home if conditions are “sanitary.” At the hearing, Eskin noted that city officials have not actually been in Speronis’s home to make that determination.

The International Property Maintenance Code is used in communities throughout the United States and Canada. The code states that properties are unsafe to live in if they do not have electricity and running water. Speronis has electricity and water. She gets running water by collecting rainwater and electricity from solar panels.





  1. “The city contends that Speronis violated the International Property Maintenance Code by relying on rain water instead of the city water system and solar panels instead of the electric grid.

    “It was a mental fistfight,” Speronis’ attorney Todd Allen said of Eskin’s review of his clients’ case. “There’s an inherent conflict in the code.””


    THE US CONSTITUTION DOES NOT ALLOW FOR ANY FOREIGN NATION OR ENTITY “LAW” to be used here in the USA. WE are a sovereign government with OUR own laws and government, NOT a part of the NWO. So the judge committed TREASON against the USA, did NOT use “Good Behaviour” as he is bound by oath to do while in the courtroom – supporting and defending the US Constitution and making sure that all “laws”, etc are “IN PURSUANCE THEREOF” the US Constitution as all judges – state and federal – are required to do.

    Remove the judge as it is the People’s duty to do.

    She is lawful in her actions, but the local government is using UN’s Agenda 21 and foreign laws as they are NOT allowed to do – treason against the USA and her people. Remove and charge them. Grow up, and start learning what our governments require of us. Know the US Constitution and YOUR state’s Constitution’s they are REQUIRED by the contract agreed to and the oath that makes them PERSONALLY responsible to follow.

  2. Cal,

    I have read many of your comments and agree whole heartedly, however here you are misinformed. ICC the international code council is a Washington DC based corporation and not foreign in nature. Versions of the “code” are voted on and adopted by local officials and written into local ordinance, in part or in whole. Now like anything else you have those that use common sense in “code enforcement” and you have those that are power whores.

    In this case the city official was WRONG period. If someone wants to live in a shed on their land let them !! Water and lights be damned !! Now if you happen to be poisoning my water supply by your actions then I want you stopped.This case is one for box number 2 the jury box, let the reporter who did the story do a follow up piece and bring up the peoples right of jury nullification. Nullify the use of the maintenance code and call it good. One the face of this story as reported here the judge did his job to paraphrase “Stupid Rule, but rules is rules”.

    While you and most here are well informed and heralds of the truth of whats happening telling people a truth they are not ready to hear is the same as telling them a lie. I have seen the responses by Oathkeepers members alleging others should be wearing tinfoil hats. They took the oath and have not been educated enough to see what the rest of us readily do. Just remember the oath we swore also bound us to protect the right of others to be stupid.

  3. ” ICC the international code council is a Washington DC based corporation and not foreign in nature. ”

    Do NOT believe that because it “originated” in Washington DC that it is NOT Agenda 21. It is. It is an attack on the USA that has been ongoing for decades to destroy our sovereignty and our legitimate government. A lot of the People who created the UN were Nazi’s and Nazi supporters who were American citizens. You have swallowed their line, please learn more about Agenda 21. About
    3/4’s of our federal government, and a lot of state governments are involved with implementation of, the support of – using our tax dollars – UN’s Agenda 21. This ICC was one of the earlier ones implemented here.

    Introduction (

    Internationally, code officials recognize the need for a modern, up-to-date property maintenance code governing the maintenance of existing buildings. The International Property Maintenance Code®, in this 2012 edition, is designed to meet this need through model code regulations that contain clear and specific property maintenance requirements with required property improvement provisions.

    This 2012 edition is fully compatible with all of the International Codes® (l-Codes®) published by the International Code Council (ICC)®, including the International Building Code®, International Energy Conservation Code®, International Existing Building Code®, International Fire Code®, International Fuel Gas Code®, International Green Construction Code™ (to be available March 2012), International Mechanical Code®, ICC Performance Code®, International Plumbing Code®, International Private Sewage Disposal Code®, International Residential Code®, International Swimming Pool and Spa Code™ (to be available March 2012), International Wildland-Urban Interface Code® and International Zoning Code®.

    The International Property Maintenance Code provisions provide many benefits, among which is the model code development process that offers an international forum for code officials and other interested parties to discuss performance and prescriptive code requirements. This forum provides an excellent arena to debate proposed revisions. This model code also encourages international consistency in the application of provisions.


    The International Property Maintenance Code is kept up to date through the review of proposed changes submitted by code enforcing officials, industry representatives, design professionals and other interested parties. Proposed changes are carefully considered through an open code development process in which all interested and affected parties may participate.

    The contents of this work are subject to change both through the Code Development Cycles and the governmental body that enacts the code into law. For more information regarding the code development process, contact the Codes and Standards Development Department of the International Code Council.

    While the development procedure of the International Property Maintenance Code ensures the highest degree of care, ICC, its membership and those participating in the development of this code do not accept any liability resulting from compliance or noncompliance with the provisions because ICC does not have the power or authority to police or enforce compliance with the contents of this code. Only the governmental body that enacts the code into law has such authority.

    Notice that it is to be compatible with all INTERNATIONAL codes. It is the UN’s Agenda 21:

    Anyone who reads Chapter 7 of Agenda 21 and then reads his local comprehensive land-use plan will immediately recognize that most of the provisions of the local land-use plan come directly from Agenda 21. More often than not, the elected officials who adopt these plans have never read Agenda 21, and many have never even heard of the U.N. document, signed by President George H.W. Bush in 1992.

    Many, if not most, of these comprehensive plans incorporate many, if not most, of the codes developed by the International Codes Council. Here are some of the codes:

    International Building Code

    International Residential Code

    International Fire Code

    International Energy Conservation Code

    International Private Sewage Disposal Code

    International Mechanical Code

    International Fuel Gas Code

    International Wildland-Urban Interface Code

    ICC Performance Code

    International Existing Building Code

    International Property Maintenance Code

    International Zoning Code

    International Green Construction Code

    The Mustang City Council voted down the adoption of an international set of building codes after several citizens expressed their concerns about the origin of the codes, saying they promoted an international agenda that could jeopardize their rights.

    Until yesterday I had not heard of the International Code Council and I bet most of my readers have not either. Thanks to the Cedar Falls Iowa City Council, untold thousands will hear of it now!

    The Cedar Falls City Council is, by the authority of the International Code Council, forcing

    “mandatory lock boxes [outside of] all commercial property including apartment buildings and Triplexes. Inside the box you have to provide keys to all entrances to the property including keys to individual apartments.“

    This is a serious infringement of the 4th Amendment! Here is an excellent article by Henry Lamb that provides a larger scope of how a global building code is a small but vital part of achieving Agenda 21 across the globe, which will be used to control human behavior. In simplified terms, Agenda 21 is a master blueprint, or guidelines, for constructing “sustainable” communities. Agenda 21 was put forth by the UN’s Commission on Sustainable Development, and was adopted by over 200 countries (signed into “soft law” by George Bush Sr.) at the United Nations Rio Conference in 1992. In 1994 the President’s Council for Sustainable Development was created via Executive Order by Bill Clinton to begin coordinating efforts at the Federal level to make the US Agenda 21 compliant.

    The International Code Council was created in 1994 shortly after the formation of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. And the ICC website states:

    “Fifty states and the District of Columbia have adopted the I-Codes at the state or jurisdictional level. “

    Since the goal of most politicians from both parties is seemingly global governance, it would make sense to have a uniform building code that would be global in scope. That is exactly the function of the International Code Council. Here is a link to Wikipedia concerning the ICC which they list as an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization). Even the supposedly conservative NC Speaker of the House, Thom Tillis, seems to be bowing to the Sustainable Development powers in North Carolina which are most likely soon to be run by “Mr. Sustainable Development” Pat McCrory if he wins the Governor’s Mansion in 2012. Read that article here by Pundit House.

    Concerning NGO’s Wikipedia states:

    “A consultative status for an NGO is the right to participate in resolutions and deliberations within the Economic and Social Council in the United Nations.”

    Wikipedia also lists the following areas in which the ICC has developed Global building Codes which will shortly replace State and US building codes much like is happening in Cedar Falls this Monday.

    International Residential Code
    International Fire Code
    International Energy Conservation Code
    International Plumbing Code
    International Private Sewage Disposal Code
    International Mechanical Code
    International Fuel Gas Code
    International Wildland-Urban Interface Code
    International Existing Building Code
    ICC Performance Code
    International Property Maintenance Code
    International Zoning Code
    International Green Construction Code
    International Swimming Pool and Spa Code

    Agenda 21 is being implemented in plain sight, one small piece at a time and Silence=Consent!

    Here are some links to sites that a Cedar Falls freedom fighter Judd Saul has created to inform the US about the plight of his town. He has provided links to the Cedar Falls City Council member’s emails… PLEASE take the time to send them an email and let them know their adoption of this law is deplorable!

    See full article with Videos of City Council meetings here:

  4. I have been fighting UN’s Agenda 21, the UN itself, NATO, Free Trade, CAFTA, NAFTA, and the rest of the alphabet soup for decades, plus Patriot Act – the “not secret part, “Obamacare”, NDAA, etc BECAUSE I BOTHERED TO READ THEM.

    Always read them for yourself. Do NOT take a governmental official’s – fed or state – word for anything. Or your boss, or your friends – unless you know they are “anal” like me and READ them. You cannot believe all the arguments I get from people who have never read them and are taking the word of someone else who also has never read them – and they call me a “nutcase”! The old “blind leading the blind. Always read them YOURSELF. Most of the information is out in the open, all anyone ever had to do to stop this years ago was read it and fight it.

  5. Cal,

    Great rebuttal and great insights. I look forward to reviewing the links you posted.Several of the things cited were things I was not aware of with I-Codes, and while I have verified sections of agenda 21 I have not read it from start to finish.

    My personal concern and mission is money and banking, lawful and constitutional money. With so many attacks on our sovereignty and personal liberties I am glad that Oathkeepers stands watch for all.

  6. I live off grid in Arizona. Many others live off grid as well. I would like to see the government trying to kick us off of our property.

  7. This woman is not a very nice person. According to an article I read, the reason they city capped her sewer is because she’s been using it without paying for over a year. She seems to be fine with all the other taxpayers footing the sewer bill for her. 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. She’s no saint.

  8. Speronis is a crook and has the ability to rile up the masses while playing the victim. Beside the thefts mentioned above, there was a lot more when she was a broker” Zen Real Estate attracting on purpose out of country people; who would sue for $1000 she also stole the use of a home of an older man who eventually did get his home back, but she and her husband Zenny nicely lived for free for years, of course not taking care of the home. Present home and home in question, she apparently stole from another older man; fraud case filed. Knowing what a scam artist she is I believe it and I hope he gets his home back, even with all the damage she already done. BTW she was living off the grid in a trailer on a piece of land. Why she wanted to get back into the city (and use the sewer) and dared the city to come after her? publicity and defying law. Out of town ( all town and cities have rules| she be free to live off the grid as she will not bother nor steal from other residents like she does now. She already did this with no city going after her. Maybe just the owner for using his land without pay or permission – i read she was evicted. Doubt the army has use for convicted thief who are not paying their debt and continue to steal
    BTW she also lost cosmetician licenses and who knows how many others.

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