Town Outlaws Gardens in Front Yards, Couple Sues Over Constitutional Right To Lawn Garden
Yeah, this election might be stressful, the world still spins. People still have problems that have nothing to do with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Take, for instance, Tom Carroll and Hermine Ricketts, who have been embroiled in legal struggles since 2013, according to WSVN 7. It all started when the Miami Shores Village Council adopted a new zoning plan for their small Florida town. Faced with the possibility of having to pay $50 in fines for every day that their garden remained in their front yard, Carroll and Ricketts were forced to dig up their veggies.
Naturally (and, since they are anti-pesticide, organically!), they sued. In a hearing today, their lawyer, Ari Bargil, explained that the ban on front-lawn gardens violates the Florida Constitution. Bargil said this:
We’re not saying you can do anything you want on your property. We are simply saying you can grow vegetables on your property and that is protected by the Constitution.
Before you go taking sides, consider what Miami Shores’ attorney, Richard Sarafan, said:
There certainly is not fundamental right to grow vegetables in your front yard. Aesthetics and uniformity are legitimate government purposes. Not every property can lawfully be used for every purpose.
Finally, here’s what Carroll — who was growing 75 types of vegetable and never got one complaint from a neighbor — had to say, in his own words:
It’s important that we have the right to do something on our own property. We’re just trying to grow vegetables.
The couple has a sign in their now veggie-less garden that reads, “ALL PLANTS ARE VEGETABLES.” There is no response yet from the judge, Monica Gordo.
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