From Freedom Foundation: Lopez Island residents, Nick and Sara Jones have operated an organic farm for the past two years. Customers have used a cash box and the honor system to purchase seafood and beef from a small farm stand near the road. The Jones Family Farm was running smoothly until two weeks ago when Nick received a letter from San Juan County. The county wants Nick to upgrade his stand to comply with commercial building codes–including upgrading handicap access. Nick estimates the commercial upgrades to cost approximately $25,000.
Nick states in the video that he’d be more than happy to put up a sign for handicapped individuals. He’s put up a telephone number and then come out to serve that customer.
Why did the County wait so long to finally declare that the farm needed to upgrade? If it was so critical, why didn’t they ask for this some time ago?
San Juan County has harassed Nick and Sara Jones to the point where they have finally given up. What has happened to their small retail farmstand? Thanks to the San Juan County Council, they are closed.
h/t Scott Roberts