by Jonathan Benson, Natural News:
The village of Miami Shores in Miami, Florida, brands itself as a progressive neighborhood that promotes “green living.” But local residents Hermine Ricketts and Tom Carroll have found that this is not exactly an honest designation, as village officials recently ordered them to uproot a family vegetable garden that they have been cultivating peacefully for some 17 years in their front yard, or else face daily fines of $50 per citation.
The couple was ordered to remove their garden back on May 8, 2013, just one day after a controversial zoning revision was passed that suddenly prohibited the planting of vegetables in residents’ front yards. However, the same ordinance oddly allows for the front yard planting of fruit trees, fruit plants and other so-called “kitsch” items like pink flamingos and garden gnomes, which some might argue are more obtrusive.
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