Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Family Farm Attacks in Virginia - #4052 - UPDATE: Fauquier Co. - Bureaucrats Bully Wineries and Family Farms in DC Suburbs - American Thinker

THIS IS AN UPDATE FROM THE ARTICLE LAST WEEK. BUT SHOWS HOW THIS BULLYING IS MORE WIDESPREAD.  HOW THE COUNTY IS TARGETING WINERIES, PUMPKIN FARMS, BOY SCOUTS, FARM BIRTHDAY FARMS, ETC., WARNING FOR THE REST OF US TO WATCH OUT FOR THIS IN OUR COUNTIES.
Fauquier County, Virginia has become a new battleground against the sprawl of Washington-style government bullying. Under the guise of business zoning authority, Fauquier is now depriving an agricultural community of its liberty to live the farm life when a little commerce is, and even is not, involved. The county, you see, wants to regulate and fine farm residents on grounds of holding pumpkin carvings, birthday parties for little girls, and Boy Scout jamborees.  Fauquier this past week, though, passed a new county ordinance requiring wineries to close their doors at 6 p.m. and requiring them to pay the county for special permits for such things as extended hours and catered food......The wineries have numbers and money to fight this punitive over-regulation. By using narrowly tailored exemptions, though, the county bought off opposition from some, including one that defeated the county at the Virginia Supreme Court not long ago. When government believes that it owns our liberty, it selectively dishes out some as bribery. But Fauquier isn't just stealing liberty from wineries. Using Orwellian oversight and threats of fines, Fauquier is also bullying a tiny farm in Paris, Virginia that takes in rescued animals and sells organic tea but is not a winery. Reading the order against the farm issued by Fauquier County Zoning Administrator Kimberley Johnson, one may confuse Fauquier for an anti-family banana republic. In deciding to seek fines against the farm, Ms. Johnson's April 30 order includes the following specious, frivolous, and ridiculous items: 1. The farm has rescued animals; 2. The farm advertised an "organic tea café" and films its on-site small-farm events; 3. As a means to unscrupulously load up her case, Ms. Johnson includes in her list of allegations certain "events" at the farm she found in an internet search that even her own order later acknowledges were never held on the property; 4. Using her questionable internet investigative "techniques" (the county hasn't yet used drones), Ms. Johnson alleges two other events in support of her claims: a "wine testing" in September 2011, and "a seasonal pumpkin patch and carving event" in October. Maybe Ms. Johnson should notify Homeland Security, too. Those kids carving pumpkins have knives! 5. Perhaps the single most offensive allegation by Ms. Johnson is that the farm's Facebook page "includes photographs of a child's birthday party that was held" on January 22. Ms. Johnson believes that a party of eight 10-year-old girls on a family farm is subject to her regulatory purview and is cause to threaten county citizens with fines up to $5,000.  Read more...........

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