We had a similar albeit more permanent arrangement near here up until last year. Some folks had found a nice small island in the middle of one of the local rivers, and constructed a small town on it. Generators, water pumps and conditioners, sewage...looks like they had it all figured out.
Ownership of the island was dubious and unclear, and the county went in and razed all the properties as they hadnt gotten permits to build and some of the buildings didnt meet code.
Another fine example of the govt stepping in and creating problems where none existed. I'm probably paying tax money to put those people up somewhere.
Dont underestimate the govts ability to screw up ingenuity and initiative.
In this particular fellas case, he probably would have lived out his life without impact or harm and barely come to peoples notice. Now it looks like we'll spend 10-20k "processing" him and another 100k incarcerating him. No victims, no property damage. :