A Miami-Dade judge has ruled that the upscale city of Miami Shores has every right to take legal action against citizens who plant vegetables in their own front yard. Her reasoning? They’re just too ugly…
The ten-page ruling by Judge Monica Gordo was based on the three-year long legal battle of Tom Carroll and Hermine Ricketts, who are facing fines of $50 per day for growing their own food.
“I am disappointed by today’s ruling,” Ricketts told the Miami Herald. “My garden not only provided us with food, but it was also beautiful and added character to the community. I look forward to continuing this fight and ultimately winning so I can once again use my property productively instead of being forced to have a useless lawn.”
The couple’s lawyer, Ari Bargil with the Institute of Justice, made this statement:
“If Hermine and Tom wanted to grow fruit or flowers or display pink flamingos, Miami Shores would have been completely fine with it. They should be equally free to grow food for their own consumption, which they did for 17 years before the village forced them to uproot the very source of their sustenance.”
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