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Monday, November 07, 2011

Gov't Doing What Gov't Does

What does a property owner who has been living in the same abode for 53 years do when the United States government knocks on her door and tells her her home must be demolished because it is in violation of some federal regulation?

Same structure. Same location. Same property. No improvements.  But in violation of code.

What to do?

Get the hell out, that's what:
Mo. residents upset by order to move lake homes
By Chris Blank, Associated Press

Camdenton, Mo. (AP) -- Nearly every year, Patsy Riley has gotten unsolicited offers for her house on Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks with its spectacular views of tree-lined bluffs and its ample shoreline, but she never wanted to leave. Now, she and hundreds of her neighbors wonder what will become of their homes after a federal agency declared that many structures built close to the lake may have to go.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, citing restrictions on private developments around dams, says thousands of residences, decks, patios and boathouses appear to encroach on land belonging to the hydroelectric project in violation of federal regulations.

The announcement has triggered panic in the area's lakefront communities and led to a growing battle among regulators, a utility company, land attorneys and the state's congressional delegation. Officials say they are searching for a way to settle the issue without mass evictions. [link]
To be clear, these aren't squatters who built houses on federal land.  They own their properties free and clear.  It's just that they shouldn't have been allowed to build in the manner they did (?) way back when.

So now their homes are worthless.  And they have to move.

And no one in the United States government could give them a reasonable explanation as to why.

Except to cite "regulations."

I'm reminded of that Of the People, By the People, For the People thingie.  Nice sentiment.