Traverse City Record-Eagle


March 27, 2013

Benzie County knocks down controversial building code


“This is not about having the government come in to take care of something,” Olson previously said. “It’s about making property owners responsible for their property.”

Honor Village President Robert Theobald echoed that sentiment at Tuesday’s meeting. A select a handful of county residents are ruining the county’s appeal to tourists and residents by leaving their properties in a chronic state of neglect, he said.

“It’s about the select few people who want to trash this beautiful county,” Theobald said. “People do not go where there’s a trash bin.”

But many residents called the property code a government overreach and a threat to property rights. One meeting attendee spoke of the need for the commission to “repent” and “pray” over its code enactment.

The code also prompted multiple attendees to reference Agenda 21 — an obscure United Nations environmental treaty that encourages biodiversity and sustainable development, but which some see as a road map to a one-world government.

“Agenda 21...wealth redistribution,” said Ted Mick of Blaine Township, adding “this hoax of global warming...all of this is to cause a panic and get redistribution of wealth throughout the world.”



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