Elizabeth Gilbert's book brough Eustace Conway to national prominenceEustace Conway, 51, has been called “The Last American Man.” He left his suburban upbringing and literally walked out into the Appalachian Mountains, where he has lived for 30 years. In that time, he’s faced down wild animals and entitled children. But the proprietor of Turtle Island may have finally met his match in the form of red tape.
That’s because, as the Wall Street Journal reports, the Watauga County planning department has created a 78-page report detailing the various health and sanitary violations at Conway’s nature paradise.
"These buildings aren't fit for public use," Joseph A. Furman, county planning director, tells the WSJ, describing toilets made of sawdust and open-air kitchen facilities.
"Modern inspectors know how to measure a board, but not how to build a building," Conway shoots back, saying the very point of Turtle Island is to offer visitors an experience free of modern trappings.
"Codes don't apply to what we're doing," he said.Read More »from ‘Last American Man’ facing shutdown from North Carolina government