July 28, 2015

Man BBQs in His Backyard; Gets Visit from Air Compliance Officer

It’s summer. That means it’s BBQ time, an American pastime that millions of people across the country enjoy on a regular basis.
One man in Florida found out recently that he somehow has to control any smoke leaving his BBQ because the aroma is supposed to stay in his own yard.
When Scotty Jordan lit up his grill last week, he reportedly received a visit from Joe Graham, a Pinellas County Air Compliance officer, who promptly wrote Jordan up in a complaint.
The infraction? Creating a “nuisance odor.”

Pinellas County code provides, according to its website:
Commercial barbecue cookers are not exempt from causing a nuisance odor. If a sufficient number of complaints, representing different households, are reported and an Inspector witnesses the problem, they can issue a Warning Letter.
A woman living across the street from Jordan reportedly filed a complaint with Air Compliance, which sent Graham running with his complaint book in hand.
“I can smell it again right now, but I’m on your property,” Graham told Jordan and his guests, according to a video taken of the exchange and posted on Jordan’s Facebook page. “You’re allowed to have it smell on your property, so that doesn’t count, but when I’m on the street, that’s when it counts.”
“So we’re supposed to control the smoke and the wind and where it’s blowing it?” Jordan asks.
How in the hell is someone supposed to control where the smoke goes from their own back yard?
It previously came to our attention that the EPA is indeed cracking down on BBQs and Smokers but they’ve apparently already kicked it up a notch with ‘nuisance odors’.
More insanity from an overzealous government that wants to regulate Americans to death.

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