Is it possible to be evicted from your own land? The answer is yes....
Brunswick County Code Enforcement handed Ingrid Larsen a final eviction notice.....
Is it possible to be evicted from your own property? For Ingrid Larsen the answer is yes. She's been living in a tent on her property in Southport for the past four months.
Larsen's 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home was destroyed ten years ago when more than 10,000 gallons of raw sewage flooded into her home. The Brunswick County Sanitation District has since agreed to settle with Larsen out of court, paying her $119,000.
Larsen loves her property and wishes to rebuild, but in order to do so she has to agree to tie back into the same sewer line that destroyed her first home.
Larsen refuses to take the risk, even though the Sanitation District said they have identified the initial issue.
Brunswick County Code Enforcement handed Larsen her final eviction notice Tuesday.
"I am prepared to deal with whatever comes," Larsen said. "If I have to go to court or even if I have to go to jail because this is my land, this is my home."
According to the letter, the use of a tent in Brunswick County must take place in an approved campground. The tent located on Larson's property is currently in violation of a county ordinance and must be removed immediately. The letter also said if the tent is not removed, her case would be referred to Brunswick County's legal department.
"I have to go for it, this is my home," she said. "I worked hard for the home that I built, and it is not within my power to tie back into a system that could flood my home again."
Larsen said she is planning to ask the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners again on May 14 for an exception to build her home with the septic tank that is already in place on her land, instead of hooking back into the Sanitation District's sewer line.
Larsen also said she has recently reclassified her property as farm land.
So what can be done? In the U.S. we treasure our property rights. We grow up believing that the system is in place to protect us. What happens when it attacks us? Government is in place to serve its citizens. One that harms or over-reaches needs to be corrected or shut down to start over (in this case meaning the local municipality). When you're dealing with a company, a company seeks to earn your business, and will offer good service in exchange for getting paid. How do we make local governments earn their keep by good service?
Is there more to this story? Or is it what it sounds like? It sounds like local county government was upset they had to pay her, and is attacking her personally.
Does she sue the county for distress in federal court and make them pay another $50,000 for property assault?
Do we hand out board member phone numbers to the media and pester them to no end?
Do we (the people of the community) march on the county building, shut it down and re-hire?
Should city hall call her in, apologize, and let her be a part of corrections that will be solutions so that other citizens won't be assaulted by city employees in the future?
When city or county law enforcement is corrupted, who will enforce changes upon them? Will the citizens band together and secure their property rights? Or will they allow the "peacekeepers" to run over them one by one?
Do you agree with code enforcement here? Is it too unsightly to allow a tent on a person's own property when they live outside of any town jurisdiction, so they fall under county enforcement? Does it matter how big the land is? How important is it to "look" clean?
Does she have a right as a property owner to "shoot first, and ask questions later?" when someone... even code enforcement tresspasses?