Miami treehouse grandma Shawnee Chasser keeps up fight for home
Chasser, who noted her protest history, said she won’t give up easily. She has attorneys and an architect working with her for free on possible solutions and is holding a November fundraiser to pay the bills.
“I’m not leaving. I haven’t slept indoors in 25 years. It’s just who I am,” Chasser said, her flowing hair streaked with purple. “I don’t want them telling me what my happiness is because I don’t fit in one of their boxes.”
County inspectors are not backing down. They found the treehouse’s construction to be substandard and with improper and possibly hazardous electricity and plumbing. The county’s Unsafe Structures Panel ordered it demolished within a few months unless it is brought up to code.
“It’s an unfortunate situation that must be corrected for the safety of the residents and neighbors,” county officials said in a statement.
Ari Bargil, a lawyer looking into Chasser’s case, said the county code has plenty of space for structures beyond a traditional home, such as servants’ quarters or a guesthouse. Bargil said the county is being overzealous for ordering the treehouse’s destruction.
I am sure the work is not 'up to code' if she did it herself ...
... but what is the point - we mere humans need permission from the state - aka Gov to build a dwelling or to protect us from potentially killing ourselves