Residents of the Sunshine State are finding themselves furious over a recent ruling by the District Court of Appeals that transforms the idea of property rights for its citizens.
For years, Americans have been forced to reconcile their freedoms with some bizarre judicial rulings throughout the nation. Famously, the Bundy family ranchers were forced to square off with government officials over cattle grazing on public lands, for instance. And we mustn’t forget the bizarre legal situation that has allowed bottled water companies to literally drain the aquifers of American towns only to sell that water back to the residents at a premium.
Many of these squabbles are far more mundane, however, especially when it comes to the ability to maintain your property in a certain way.
In Florida, the nonsense is all based around the possibility of growing a garden on your own land.
“Apparently the right to feed yourself and your family is indeed not a fundamental one, as a Florida attorney previously declared.
“A longstanding battle between 17-year homeowners at the Village of Miami Shores, Tom Carroll and Hermine Ricketts, appears to have reached its sad conclusion. In 2014, the couple was advised by town officials after a re-zoning plan that they would have to dig up their front-yard edible garden or face fines of $50 per day for the newly created infraction. The couple subsequently sued based on a constitutional infringement upon their right to use their own private property as well as a violation of the equal protection clause.
“Now, according to the Institute for Justice which had been representing the couple, Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal actually has agreed with the opposing attorney who stated: ‘There certainly is not [a] fundamental right to grow vegetables in your front yard.’
“The Institute for Justice is rightly calling this ‘a major blow to property rights.’”
This sort of bizarre and arcane miscarriage of the justice system has been occurring far too frequently in the land of the free. Gardening, much like the soil and water that you own when you purchase property, should be a fundamental right of property owners the world over, let alone in the United States.
For now, it looks like Floridians will have a long fight for frugality and fruit trees on the horizon.