Owning one's own property often means that a Florida resident may exercise a great deal of authority over how that property is maintained and for what purposes it is used. As readers of this blog know, however, municipalities may limit the permissible uses of various parcels based on how they are zoned and any applicable ordinances that may be in place. One Florida couple endured a multi-year battle over an ordinance that blocked their desires to maintain a garden on their property.
The couple lives in Miami Shores and had planted and maintained a garden in their front yard for a number of years. They chose to maintain their garden in their front yard because it received more sun that their backyard. A new zoning ordinance was put into effect that forced them to uproot their garden or face a $50 per day fine.