Florida Residents Defeat Front-Yard Garden Ban
Floridians claimed victory last month when the state’s legislature passed a bill that allows residents to grow gardens in their front yards. Sadly, the state has a history of harassing residents who choose to grow gardens on their properties.
The state’s new law now forces all cities to respect people’s property rights, which includes the basic and survival concept of growing food. The new bill prohibits “local governments from regulating vegetable gardens on residential properties.”
The Florida Senates’ decision to allow residents to grow gardens in their front yards was sparked by a couple’s lawsuit against the city of Miami Shores. Hermine Ricketts and Tom Carroll used their Miami Shores property to provide food for 17 years. However, the city decided to harass the couple, thrusting the couple and city into a national legal debate. In November of 2017, a state appeals court ruled against the couple. The couple also faced a series of fines back in 2013 after the city passed an ordinance banning front yard gardens. The couple is unable to use their backyard due to lack of sunlight.
“What we’ve seen over the last several years is a movement to locally source food to have food be more organic and be more natural and not have to be subject to so many preserves and chemicals so that it travels across the country,” Bradley said. “Instead, it can be in your backyard to be eaten.”
SB 82 prohibits municipalities from banning vegetable gardens on any part of a Florida residents property. It should be noted that the verbiage of SB 82 leaves out water regulation, something the state or city could regulate during drought conditions. Sen. Rob Bradley’s bill does not intervene in homeowners association rules.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.