County trying to shut down DIY home on wheels business

We have a YouTube video about this. We’re hoping for support - comments to Georgia state representatives or our GoFundMe for attorney and legal fees. Or if anyone has an out-of-the-box idea.

After John Vedder Jr became medically disabled, he had the vision to open his property to people to do DIY repairs for their home on wheels or convert their bus or van into a livable home for comfortable traveling. His vision became reality in October 2021 and his business became an instant success. People drove from as far as Maine to experience Cobbtown Acres and do repairs and renovations on their home on wheels.

Now the County Commissioners are threatening to shut him down, take away his business license, and the only way he has to support himself and his family.

John Vedder Jr, his wife, and a handful of volunteers are fighting to keep Cobbtown Acres for those who are currently there and the hundreds who want to someday visit and work on their own home on wheels. Current and former guests have brought thousands of dollars to the local communities - gas stations. laundromats, food service establishments, pharmacies, grocery stores, auto part stores, mechanics, hardwood stores, and the list go ones. It’s also brought, much-needed new workers desperate to hire.

The guests of Cobbtown Acres are not criminals, nor are they homeless, but some of them are disabled, and Cobbtown Acres is the only place where they can work on their home at their own pace or with the help of John Vedder and other guests. If Cobbtown Acres is shut down, where will these people, some of whom are in the middle of their repairs go? Why is Georgia’s Chandler County Commissioners trying to shut down a small business, discontinue new revenue to local communities and put a stop to honest hard-working people just trying to build a home?

Greetings & Welcome!

If possible get the local TV & radio stations behind you.

Get activists for the disabled behind you. Maybe the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union).

What are you in violation of? Can it be remedied?

We’re rooting for you!


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That’s what we’re trying to do now. It may not seem like it, but we really are fighting for the entire nomad community… Even the ones that want us to shut up and not fight.

John (the owner) was grounded a business license from the county and they knew exactly what he was going to be doing with that. Then one man with a lot of money who is a neighbor of CTA made a lot of noise or greased a palm and got the county to change the rules on him and making it impossible for John to comply.


You might have a case where you’re grand fathered in since you were legal before the rule change too.

Good Luck!


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