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Florida city uproots couple’s 17-year-old garden, over new ordinance
fox News ^ | 11-19-13 | By William Patrick

Posted on 11/19/2013 11:04:14 AM PST by rawhide

Edited on 11/19/2013 11:05:38 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

Few things in life are as benign as a home vegetable garden.

Here's what happened to Hermine Ricketts and her husband, Tom Carroll. For the past 17 years they’ve grown a garden in the front yard of their modest South Florida home. The backyard, they say, doesn’t get enough sunlight.


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This is an illegal taking of the couple's property, imho. The couple had been planting a garden for 17 years and the city decides they do not like it, so they pass a law forbidding it. Illegal if you ask me. Why couldn't the couple be grandfathered out of the law. And what is wrong with the looks of a garden?
1 posted on 11/19/2013 11:04:14 AM PST by rawhide
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To: rawhide

OUTLAWS: A Miami Shores couple was forced to uproot their garden of 17 years to comply with a new city ordinance.

2 posted on 11/19/2013 11:05:30 AM PST by rawhide
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To: rawhide
If this is an actual picture of the garden, I'd be proud to call them my neighbors.


3 posted on 11/19/2013 11:06:29 AM PST by babyfreep
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To: rawhide

When a single person is singled out, call it prohibited bill of attainder.


4 posted on 11/19/2013 11:10:31 AM PST by MinstrelBoy (If you're a conservative today, you're a hero.)
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To: babyfreep

Reminds me of obamacare. People work hard and have a front yard that looks nice and is the way they want it. Then the gov’t comes in and tears it up leaving a muddy mess. No doubt fines will be coming if they don’t fix the muddy mess.


5 posted on 11/19/2013 11:11:42 AM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: rawhide

It’s all about control!

Between the Home Owner Associations and these ‘village’ governments it’s a nut house to live in if you want to vary at all from the ‘cookie-cutter’ lifestyle they want you to live.

And I do have to say that with the influx of Yankee retirees there it’s only gotten worse.

There was one of these little village governments near where I used to live at that had two entrances to the main public roads and at one time installed those automated gates that use a card reader to let you through.

That little idea was paid for by a local ‘liberal’ columnist to the local newspaper. It turned out though that the village couldn’t block off taxpayer paid for streets and they had to remove them. This is also the same village that had ordinances for leaves on your roof, ie. NO LEAVES from the mandated trees you had to have in your yard to maintain the ‘character’ of the village.

Man... I am so glad to be out of there.


6 posted on 11/19/2013 11:12:21 AM PST by The Working Man
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To: MinstrelBoy

Ex post facto...


7 posted on 11/19/2013 11:12:40 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: babyfreep

Looks like my yard..................


8 posted on 11/19/2013 11:14:18 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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The unkempt look of houses in minority neighborhoods is ok though


9 posted on 11/19/2013 11:14:54 AM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: rawhide
It's not "good enough" to meet "new liberal standards."

Like your insurance plan wasn't "good enough" to meet "new liberal standards;" rip it up, tear it out and throw it away because it's not GOOD ENOUGH for liberals!

This kind of stuff going on around our country is evil in its intent and will destroy our country!

A neighborhood where I once lived had a homes association member who attempted to steamroll the board to "establish standards of 'appropriate plants' to grace front, side or back yards that were or could be considered 'offensive' to the board and/or neighbors."

Some neighbor had planted some sunflowers and the board member thought they "looked terrible whenever he drove down his street."

Today, however, they might be mandatory to "save the earth!"

10 posted on 11/19/2013 11:16:31 AM PST by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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11 posted on 11/19/2013 11:16:40 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: rawhide

When I was a kid our front yard had 2 parts divided by a long concrete walk in tghe middle from the front gate up to the front steps...

One side was a pristeen well kept lawn...

the other side was completely covored in potatoes, every year...

:)

plus at the sides of the house and the back were other vegetables..


12 posted on 11/19/2013 11:17:23 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: greeneyes

Ping.


13 posted on 11/19/2013 11:19:37 AM PST by Black Agnes
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To: The Working Man

Back when we lived in California hubby had a job to do in Gold River, a HOA neighborhood in Rancho Cordova near Sacramento. He parked his truck on the street and went to work and about 30 minutes later the alarm went off because the HOA security guard was trying to have the truck towed because their rules didn’t allow work trucks to park on a public street.

Hubby called the Sheriff’s department and the deputy who responded was a friend of his from the Marines. The tow truck driver was let go but the security guard was arrested for attempted car theft because the HOA rules did not apply on public streets.

I’d NEVER live in such a place where the local busybodies could dictate everything to everyone! And anyone who chooses to live under a dictator deserves what they get.


14 posted on 11/19/2013 11:19:49 AM PST by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
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To: rawhide

That must be an after photo because all I see are fruit trees and flowers. (They removed the veg garden)


15 posted on 11/19/2013 11:24:14 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: rawhide

Never underestimate the state of Florida to be complete retards. To this day I will not step foot in the state.


16 posted on 11/19/2013 11:26:34 AM PST by TheRhinelander
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To: rawhide
To me the front yard looks bad by South Florida standards in a good neighborhood. It's very rare to see anyone growing vegetables in their front yard. I've seen thousands of front yards down here and this is the first one I've seen with vegetables.

Miami Shores has been around for a long time and they've always been strict with a lot of rules. It's necessary when you're surrounded by third world filth. My guess is the majority of people who live there like it that way.

17 posted on 11/19/2013 11:34:25 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: dennisw

Well, I do not know. I am thinking this is the before picture.


18 posted on 11/19/2013 11:35:39 AM PST by rawhide
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To: Moonman62

The problem I have is they have been tending this garden for 17 years. Then all of a sudden the village want to regulate what can be grown there, probably to spite them.


19 posted on 11/19/2013 11:37:14 AM PST by rawhide
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To: rawhide

We don’t know what all the facts are. Instigators like Fox News like to tell people just enough to get them agitated.


20 posted on 11/19/2013 11:55:17 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: rawhide

Isn’t the “First Wookie” trying to get everyone to grow veggies?

Around here (Victoria and Vancouver BC) front-yard gardens are actively encouraged by city councils — and that includes vegetable gardens. There are even some small “share-cropping” business that will plant and tend front-yard gardens, in return for a share of the harvest. Most front-yard gardens are far more attractive than grass lawns.


21 posted on 11/19/2013 12:07:42 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: The Working Man

Exactly why I would never buy a house where I have to deal with a HOA.


22 posted on 11/19/2013 12:12:24 PM PST by matt04
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

No, they say things like that but lefties do not want people to grow their own veggies, because they haven’t figured a way to tax them and force them to redistribute their plunder


23 posted on 11/19/2013 12:24:50 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: The Working Man

“Between the Home Owner Associations and these ‘village’ governments it’s a nut house to live in if you want to vary at all from the ‘cookie-cutter’ lifestyle they want you to live.”

It’s also that too many American’s have accepted living under these Nazi conditions that they’ve grown to tolerate. Now when all govt’s do it, most people accept that too.


24 posted on 11/19/2013 12:32:53 PM PST by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: rawhide

You only think you own property. Actually, the government allows you to use it while you pay taxes on it. It’s not your property, because you can’t do what you want with it.

Every year, the government confiscates a piece and hopes you don’t realize it, because it calls the confiscation a “property tax.”


25 posted on 11/19/2013 12:36:25 PM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: rawhide

I’m really beginning to be sorry that I am an American.


26 posted on 11/19/2013 1:12:09 PM PST by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: TheRhinelander

The State of Florida is not unique. There is not a state in the Union where this cannot happen. As C.S. Lewis put it in That Hideous Strength: “the poison has spat itself everywhere by now.”


27 posted on 11/19/2013 1:14:35 PM PST by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: backwoods-engineer

We have a right to farm bylaw in my town and I’m very thankful for it.


28 posted on 11/19/2013 3:17:56 PM PST by TheRhinelander
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To: Black Agnes

This is nuts. Glad we don’t live in an area that has a bunch of regulations. We don’t live inside the city limits, but even if we did, lots of people have gardens-not usually the front yard, but sometimes in a side yard.

There was one guy that even had a minature golf course built in is front yard. No one said a thing.


29 posted on 11/19/2013 9:53:33 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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