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.
"The rule of no realm is mine. But all worthy things that are in peril as the world now stands, these are my care. And for my part, I shall not wholly fail in my task if anything that passes through this night can still grow fairer or bear fruit and flower again in days to come. For I too am a steward. Did you not know?" Gandolf
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.
Argue for your limitations and they are yours forever.
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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