AuthorTopic: Florida Will Generously Allow Homeowners to Garden in Their Own Yards  (Read 258 times)

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By Dagny Taggart

If you live in Florida and want the freedom to plant food on your own property, I have great news for you.

Late last month, the Florida Senate affirmed the right of self-reliant people statewide to grow vegetable gardens in their front yards.

Here are some details on the bill from the Miami Herald:

    The 40-member Senate vote was 35-5.

    Sen. Rob Bradleyís SB 82 prohibits a county or municipality from regulating vegetable gardens on residential properties, voiding any current regulations regarding the produce patches.

    Local governments, however, can still adopt a local ordinance or regulation that doesnít specifically target vegetable gardens, like regulating water during drought conditions, limiting fertilizer use or controlling invasive species.

A couple was forced to rip out their garden.

While it might seem odd that people would need government permission to grow food on their own property, the bill was passed in response to a legal dispute about an ordinance in Miami Shores that banned gardens from being planted in front yards.
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