Where Should a Property Owner's Rights End?
Is a vegetable garden too unsightly to be allowed in a front yard?
An Orlando, Fla. man is fighting City Hall to be allowed to keep his vegetable garden. According to a story in clickorlando.com, Jason Helvingston’s garden is not up to city code. They want him to dig it up.
City code reportedly requires ground covers to be planted in a way that keeps up the appearance of the neighborhood and maintains the property values. The City of Orlando says Helvingston's garden doesn't measure up. He has collected signatures from neighbors who support his garden and plans to appeal. He goes back before the city next month. In the meantime, the city wants him to comply with an order to dig up the garden and bring his front yard up to code.
So what do you think? Does a government entity have the right to tell a property owner that his vegetable garden is not attractive enough for the neighborhood?