Our regular readers may remember Jason’s run-in with the law due to his non-standard front yard. Fortunately, that situation ended reasonable well.
Unfortunately, his city isn’t the only one trying to enforce a one-size-fits-all approach to front yards. Orlando, Florida also has issues with property owners exercising their property rights in ways it does not like but which do not violate the law of equal freedom or raise health/safety concerns. In particular, Jennifer and Jason Helvenston are being threatened with serious fines if they don’t comply with the city’s code for this egregious threat to the vision of city leaders (see below and see it in this Institute for Justice article on the subject that tipped me off to the case):
Thankfully, IJ is on the case – and that excellent institution and the Helvenstons are taking the fight to the public with the Patriot Garden movement. You can learn about it here at their website: www.patriot-gardens.com. According to that site, you can help their cause (and the broader fight for property rights protection) by planting your own food garden in lieu of a lawn: “Stand up for your rights! Help us tell our leaders ‘hands off our food.’ Be involved in a peaceful protest by planting your seeds and placing your Patriot Garden sign in a visible, sunny area of your front yard.” In short, “Plant a Seed. Change the Law.”
Good luck! You have my support. I’d join you but I rent and need to respect my contract with the landlord as much as the city needs to respect your property rights! But I hope others, especially citizens of Orlando, will be able to help you fight the powers that be in city hall.