Tweak over-reaching county ordinance. Support private property rights.

Tweak over-reaching county ordinance. Support private property rights.

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Robert Valenta started this petition to Lee County Florida Board of County Commissioners. and

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 Lee County FL is fining me $96,000 (nearly 4 times the purchase price of my home) for violation of an ordinance that does not allow for shipping containers to be on residential property, even if it's not visible from the road, or adjoining properties, not even with a permit. I seek to change that so that I can use them as a shed and workshop. They are not visible from the street, and only one neighbor can see them, and that neighbor has no issue with them. I believe we need a simple tweak of the existing ordinance, allowing them if they are not visible from the street and adjoining property (unless those property owners sign an affidavit waiver). That waiver would be retractable, so as to be canceled if the neighbor changes their mind, or a new neighbor moves in. I believe that my rights end where someone else's rights begin. This would not affect an HOA's right to ban them. Another option is painting them with a mural of landscape, or the like. I plan to clad them with Hardi-board decorative sheets, so as to give the appearance of a constructed building, which could then be visible from the street and adjoining property, as they would no longer look like containers. I even support a permit process to make sure that they are safe, effective, and not an eye-sore.  I also survived Hurricane Irma by staying inside of one, through the storm. These containers are a safe (completely fire-proof), cost-effective resource. Many people across the nation are using these to build inexpensive houses. While I support their right to do so, I am not asking to change the ordinance to go that far. I am only asking to use these as a shed. A simple vote of the Board of County Commissioners could set this in motion. Please support my petition to urge the BOCC to adopt my proposed changes to the ordinance. Thank you.

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