'Off-the-grid' Florida widow guilty of ... sustainable living?

Friday, March 14, 2014
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

A Florida woman has been convicted of the crime of living differently than her neighbors, but The Rutherford Institute has come to her rescue.

Robin Speronis of Cape Coral, Florida, is at odds with the city, according to John Whitehead, founder of The Rutherford Institute.

"She doesn't have a refrigerator, oven, running water, or electricity in her home. She lives off of solar panels for electricity needs. She collects rain water for her water supply," he describes. "She uses a propane camping stove, runs her electronics on solar-charged batteries, showers using a camping shower, collects again rain water and all that stuff – and so she's basically moved off the grid."

Whitehead, John (Rutherford Institute)Some very positive stories in the media evidently tipped off city officials to her lifestyle.

"That alerted the city, so a city official actually came out and – without even looking in her home – ruled her home 'unsafe' and said that if she did not hook up to certain things she would be evicted from her home," says Whitehead.

"She was charged basically with a number of crimes and brought into court and a judge ruled that she had to at least hook up to the water supply."

The Rutherford Institute is now representing Speronis because it's not an isolated incident. Whitehead says recently an 81-year-old woman in Sebring, Florida, was jailed for feeding crows. That was after investigators found bread crumbs in her yard.

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