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?

thcooper69 November 09, 2012 at 10:26 PM
i dont know ? drive thru pebble point and u tell me what u think !
"B" November 10, 2012 at 01:45 PM
It's hard to comment because the photo doesn't reveal the issue.
Sharon Swanepoel November 10, 2012 at 01:53 PM
We don't have a photo we can use of the actual garden since it is in Florida. The question is on the concept of the government's ability to legislate what you can have in your garden. I understand that it is appearance in this case, so do you think that does give the governing authority the right tell you to pull it up. If so, I think that there are many people who believe that, especially if it is in a well manicured neighborhood.
Ben Morris November 10, 2012 at 02:31 PM
This is one more case of an overbearing government regulating every aspect of our lives. More and more, our freedoms are being stolen from us by government bureaucrats. What lunacy is it that one is not even free to choose the type of vegetables he can grow in his own garden?
North Georgia Weather November 10, 2012 at 02:34 PM
This is where common sense flies out the window. Not knowing what the neighborhood looks like to start with, you would think that common sense would tell you to NOT make a vegetable garden in your front yard. But if his neighbors think it's ok, then who's to say. It wouldn't be ok in our neighborhood though.


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