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Judge Rules Government Can Ban Vegetable Gardens Because They’re “Ugly”

by Matt Agorist, Activist Post:

Last week, a Miami-Dade judge became the focus of much-deserved anger when she ruled on an ordinance banning front yard vegetable gardens. The village of Miami Shores, according to the ruling, has every right to take legal action against residents who dare to grow food in their own yards because they are “ugly.”

The ruling was a whopping ten pages long as it was filled with legal analysis and definitions of what constitutes a vegetable. Even though she ruled in favor of the ban, Judge Monica Gordo acknowledged that she wasn’t quite sure how a vegetable garden can ruin the aesthetics of one’s property.

However, she stated that the democratically elected government has every right to dictate what constitutes an ugly front yard, and gardens are apparently a contributing factor.

“Given the high degree of deference that must be given to a democratically elected governmental body … Miami Shores’ ban on vegetable gardens outside of the backyard passes constitutional scrutiny,” Gordo wrote.

The court’s decision was based on a three-year long legal battle of Tom Carroll and Hermine Ricketts. They were facing a fine of $50 a day, not for robbing banks, or trafficking humans, or running some other criminal enterprise — but for growing their own food.

For 17 years, the couple grew their own food in their front yard until one day, the state came knocking.

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3 comments to Judge Rules Government Can Ban Vegetable Gardens Because They’re “Ugly”

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    perhaps they need to exercise their free speech, (remove the garden) & put up some large Confederate flags & White Lives Matter signs…along with their religious rights with a big statue of Baphomet-Satan and plenty of Pagan symbols & gods?

    bet the city would not be happy.

  • marcs

    Since SGT removed my first comment about

    If the govt decides to take property rights, in addition to any due compensation for damages.

    I am writing it again.

    The owners should sue the govt for improper taking of their property rights, as a taking is only valid when necessary for public good (such as a new road, utility lines, etc).

    If, the govt could prove the takings (affecting all property owners in that city) are valid (because they are ugly??? not a chance), then every property owner has to be entitled to compensation for the taking.

    I hope that city govt has lots of money to pay for the property rights they want so bad.

    • Craig Escaped Detroit

      @marcs,
      I have noticed that SOMETIMES, SGT will “repost” a story a 2nd time probably because so many other stories got posted and shoved the older stories down the list too quickly.

      So I’m thinking that some stories are considered important enough to put it up a 2nd time to give more of us a chance to see it during the daytime. I have noticed some stories get posted around bedtime, and drop off the bottom before breakfast.

      I have no idea if this particular story got posted a 2nd time (to put it higher on the screen again), but if it’s true, then your comment did not get deleted, it would still exist in the 1st posting of the story and you’d have to click “previous news postings” (at the bottom of the screen) over and over again until you find the one that has your comment.

      I do wish that Sean might perhaps, change the webpage layout so that it has 2 columns of stories so that it can hold stories on the 1st page for a longer time span before they drop off the page. There are so many important stories, that posting all of them just pushes everything off the page too quickly.

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