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Go ahead and plant that front yard garden in Florida. It's legal now.

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After fighting the man for six years, a Florida couple has finally won their battle and will be able to plant veggies again in the front yard.  After they had been fined and forced to pull out their garden, they finally won.

Final score: Kale 1, Intrusive Government 0.

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Good for them for not giving up, and good for Florida for finally passing this.  It should NEVER have been allowed for entities (municipalities, HOAs, etc.) to outlaw growing food in one's front yard.
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I remember this from when it first started. If memory serves it was all about politics & power & increasing tax revenue & such. Seventeen years & all was well. Then suddenly it wasn't. What part of that makes sense? So glad it turned out well for them & all of Florida.
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Fantastic news and I can't believe it was ever illegal! Some people really need to learn to keep their nose on their own side of the fence.
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The legislation became effective 1 July 2019, as noted here:


I have mixed feelings about the new law.  While federal government returned a vital freedom that should never have been tampered with, a hole has been poked in the wall of local authority that was created to stand against state or federal intervention.  

What federal government gives, can be taken.  Now federal government can decide what happens locally with yard gardens.  Weakening local law is unlikely to be redressed and might easily lead to other local laws being cast aside.

I'm grateful Florida residents can currently use their yards almost freely, setting aside concern about limitations specific to fertilizers and what government deems invasive species.

I am concerned that poking this hole in local authority may be used to create more holes so that, in the future, local authority can be made unable to fight off CAFOs (as with restrictions put in place by locals in Bayfield/Ashland Wisconsin), delisting endangered species purely for profit without care for environments, fracking, pipelines, storing nuclear waste on and under land and water, and such.

If I misunderstand the writing in this legislation, will someone please clarify.  I want to be hopeful :.)
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