Saturday, September 16, 2006
This gate blocks "road" access to the last 80 feet of our 1300 foot front property line on Twig Forest. You might recall that Twiggy is a 20 acre triangular planted pine plantation that we bought in partnership with my big brother Terry. We bought this as an investment just before surrounding land prices doubled. (GO US!)
A while back, while I was cutting a path into Twiggy, a man on a 4-wheeler stopped by and introduced himself. He explained that he had installed the gate to stop some illegal dumping that had been occurring. He offered to move it if it was a problem and gave me the combination to the gate lock. That was fine by me. It's not like I can't get into Twiggy, the gate only affects a tiny portion near one of Twiggy's corners.
Last week, I went out to Twiggy to post some of my "No Hunting, No Nuthin" signs, since hunting season is here and Twiggy's tenants are not on the menu ... (Kevin, cousins, and n'laws, we can talk ...).
I wanted to post the gate corner of the Twiggy hypoteneuse so I thought I'd check out my lock combination to make sure it worked.
Surprise! The gate has a key lock, not a combination lock!
I DID NOT HOOK THE SNATCH ROPE TO THE GATE AND RIP IT OFF THE POSTS EVEN THOUGH THE JEEP WAS EAGER TO DO THAT. I just climbed over the gate past the no trespassing sign and found my corner, which I posted with my purty yellow signs.
So it's an issue to deal with, but not an emergency. The nice guy on the 4-wheeler may have already flipped his property and the key lock may be the result of that. I will take care of it with a phone call and a letter with pics. I can't just let it go unchallenged.
You should not ignore an intrusion on your property or you may actually lose control of your land. I'm not a lawyer (thank God), but there is a provision in the law that essentially allows unchallenged use of your property, to be a premise for virtual confiscation. The fence five feet over the line, the commonly used dirt road through your land, all of these things can cause you problems if not acknowledged and challenged ... at least here in Florida.
Out by the road I was a little aggravated, but deep in Twig Forest, things were calmer, greener, and a gate with the wrong lock seemed like a silly thing.
Posted by R.Powers at 12:09 PM