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FL Barrier Islander
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Not that I want to do this but I've been asked to check if anyone knows if there's a VI Code (or some other local jurisdiction/guideline) that prohibits having a container "permanently" on residential property. The thinking is that a container (since there is such a glut of them nowadays) may offer an inexpensive and less hassle way of onsite storage. (I am envisioning a big ole' bucket of rust that I have to get rid of down the road.....arrrrrgh.....) I am hoping there is a VI Code that prohibits having a container onsite/property (if no building construction permit or anything like that going on on the property) so that I can squash this idea. Thanks!

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Posted : September 10, 2007 5:58 pm
robo841
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I know someone on STT who does have a container on the property. It was there when he bought the house, although I can't figure out how they managed to get that huge container up the unpaved, steep road to his house!

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Posted : September 10, 2007 6:51 pm
Lizard
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USVIDPNR
Division of Building Permits
340 774-3320
There Office is on the second floor at the Airport.

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Posted : September 10, 2007 7:06 pm
FL Barrier Islander
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You know..........I was just thinking "duh. Why I don't just get my happy a** on the phone and call the dang DPNR. 🙂

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Posted : September 10, 2007 7:57 pm
Ronnie
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There should be a law but I doubt there is.

RL

RL8-)

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Posted : September 10, 2007 8:02 pm
beachy
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One obstacle might be any covenants and restrictions on the deed

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Posted : September 10, 2007 8:15 pm
FL Barrier Islander
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Ronnie, there should be a law about these things. Beachy, unfortunately, there are no covenants or deed restrictions. I can understand if homeowners/constructions sites get a temporary permit for keeping a container on their property until CO but the "unfriendly" environment down there, they become rust buckets....and even without the rust, container sitting in a yard.....IMHO, it ain't pretty. I know some folks have talked here on this board about putting them on their property, using them for permanent storage.....heck, someone was even talking about living in one.......but for me personnally, just not something I would support. And, what AM I going to do with the darn thing when it inevitably becomes a rust pile? And, forget esthetics, these things aren't tied down so what happens in a wind storm?

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Posted : September 10, 2007 8:56 pm
Trade
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They land on your neighbor's house. 🙂

~Trade~

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Posted : September 10, 2007 10:56 pm
bluwater
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I know someone who has one on STT property - behind and above a very nice home. He electrified it and made it into an office - and a place to store his vintage Playboy mag collection away from his wife 🙂

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Posted : September 11, 2007 12:00 am
jay
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I believe the same people that are responsible for removing abandoned vehicles are the same ones that will come for your container.....in other words....It can stay pretty much forever.

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Posted : September 11, 2007 12:04 am
Lizard
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Bluwater,
Your getting real close to wearing the fireproof Jump suite, with statements like that. Vintage stuff, I can't say it!

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Posted : September 11, 2007 12:08 am
bluwater
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Seriously, old, old stuff from the days when, I assume, Hugh started his thing. It is a serious collection....each one sealed in plastic.

I'm not mad at 'em! 😉

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Posted : September 11, 2007 12:27 am
Alexandra
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I've seen a few CC&R documents that do prohibit shipping containers from being kept on the property longer than a few days to unload them, but most do not and it isn't at all uncommon to see containers used for storage on STX properties. Some of them have had siding and roofing material added to help with corrosion control and to make them less of an eye-sore. I've seen a few that were used for garages and many are used as office space once power and windows are added. They can be set on a concrete foundation and tied down to hold them in place should a hurricane blow through if someone plans to have them there permanently.

Alexandra Bentley
Great House Real Estate
St. Croix, USVI

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Posted : September 12, 2007 2:29 pm
C Urchin
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There are 2 containers on my estate road rusting away. They are ugly and look like they could fall apart at any moment. One of them is partially blocking the access to my property. They are supposedly owned by the guy that owns the property above me. He uses them for storage for his plumbing or air-conditioning service, from what I can tell of the items that are there. I have no clue (and would not have wanted to watch) how he got those huge containers up the regular road and then down the estate road.

It was part of my agreement with the prior owner that all of the stuff (JUNK) would be removed from the property including the containers prior to purchase. The junk was removed (that's a whole 'nother story) but lo and behold when we arrived on our next trip the containers were still there and there were even more storage units (the tall rubbermaid ones) on the estate road.. . .

I have not complained or done anything about this as we are not going to start building for a long while (i.e. try to sell a house in Florida these days). However, I do plan on having him remove them at least one once I begin to build.

I can't imagine putting one up on the property but it seems like a good use for building materials and such to be stored in while in the process of construction, but just temporary. However, how much damage will bringing one in and removing one do to the road, trees surrounding the road, the estate road and who is going to pay for the damage?

Squash the idea permanently!

C Urchin

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Posted : September 13, 2007 10:53 pm
barbie
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blue water how did you know that mans secret, did he mistakingly tell you.

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Posted : September 15, 2007 11:48 am
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