Gardens are awesome. (At least I think so.) Growing one’s own food can be very rewarding. I would be very pleased if my neighbor decided to pull up the sod and plant carrots and corn. Gardens are pretty. But some people don’t seem to think so. Unfortunately sometimes these people sit on the town council and have nothing better to do than mess with people’s property.
Carroll and Ricketts aren’t hosting rock concerts on their front lawn, and they’re not drilling for oil.
Miami Shores’ zoning ordinance requires front lawns be covered with grass, sod or “living ground cover.” In other words, the front yard of a house may not be covered with dirt, sand or stones (as is common in beachfront communities) – it has to be green and living.
Two attributes, by the way, that perfectly describe vegetable gardens.
But officials from Miami Shores disagree. Growing a vegetable garden is just fine, as long as they remain out of sight in the backyard, said Richard Sarafan, an attorney for the town, according to the Christian Science Monitor.