Many of us are facing a June 30 to meet the demands of FKAA or else. Many of your are asking what should you do. You have to do what you have to do; that is understood and not criticized.
A number of us will not sign the demanded easement and continue to seek a legal forum.
Others will need to sign for their own reasons, and again, this is understood.
At our Dump the Pumps meeting last night, several ideas were discussed in open debate. Some of these ideas were rehashed today by your directors, and several respected sources were consulted. Here is our position. If you must sign the easement we recommend you submit it with a written statement that contains some or all of the following language. You need to protect your future interests.
I am in receipt of your undated letter on FKAA letterhead threatening me with having to buy and maintain a grinder pump on my property should I not grant you an easement on my property, and do so by an arbitrary June 30, 2015 deadline.
Your letter is an attempt to extort me into doing something I am not required by law to do, and which I consider a danger to myself, others, and the environment. Your letter is an attempt to defraud me, utilizing the authority of the State of Florida.
Enclosed is the easement, requested by you, signed by me under protest. Please be advised that by signing and returning the enclosed easement written by the FKAA and unsupported by consideration, I am reserving all rights I may have, including but not limited to, just compensation and equal protection under the law. I am also reserving my right, as landowner, to revoke the easement should the need arise. I have signed the enclosed easement under duress due to the threat of an economic penalty as outlined in your demand letter. I am also aware that homeowners can be reported to Monroe County Code Enforcement for refusing to sign your document which could place me in jeopardy of additional financial penalties in the form of daily fines as well as the risk of having a lien imposed on my property.
The below links to word documents contain some and all of the above in a format which you can manipulate. You are welcome to use and tailor this statement to suit your personal situation.
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA
KEY WEST DIVISION
DUMP the PUMPS, INC., a NON-PROFIT, FLORIDA CORPORATION,
Plaintiffs,... READ the complaint click the NEWS tab above
(guaranteed to happen here. How many stories of overflowing septic tanks closing beaches?)
and a bunch of other spill stories:
(CBS tracks them!)
Gross photo of boat at dock with sewage scum floating beside it, with sewage spill story:
Raw spill stories are sure not hard to find!
Problems with the Grinder Pumps, Problems with the Design... read more about each issue be informed now or PAY more later:
1. Forcemains that will clog (the scouring issue). Extended loss of sewer service. http://dumpthepumps.com/Exhibits/1-Scour_velocity.pdf
2. Using pumps that may ignite flammable gases causing explosions. NEC, NFPA. http://dumpthepumps.com/Exhibits/2-Explosion_proof.pdf
READ the rest of the list click the Sewer Design Flaws tab above
Failing Grinder Pumps in Florida
"The commission said that the system’s grinder pumps are failing at a rate of four a month to as many as four a week." "According to Vice Mayor Bob Barnas, the city has already replaced 162 pumps."... READ more click here
Grinder Pumps Not what they Appear to be... READ more click the NEWS tab above