Another Front Yard Garden Deemed Illegal
November 8, 2012
The War on Americanism is moving forward again, not on some foreign battlefield, but in quiet neighborhoods in cities across the nation.
The City of Orlando is demanding that Jason Helvingston eradicate the vegetable garden planted in his front yard so that it can meet their code, which WKMG Local 6 says requires a “finished appearance,” in other words, a plain lawn covered in ordinary grass.
It is a matter of perceived property value versus that of property rights, the latter of which is clearly under attack.
Helvingston hasn’t given up. He told the city, ‘You’ll take my house before you take my vegetable garden.’
His neighbors say they like the 25 square foot garden and are lobbying the city to change course. Helvingston has collected over 200 signatures from his community expressing support for the garden, and demanding that the city change its decision.
Resident Shelly Snow told cameras, “(I’m) definitely not bothered by it. As a matter of fact, we love it.”
Helvingston is scheduled to go before the city council next month to argue the matter.
Meanwhile, other local residents are fighting back on the issue as well, demanding citizens lobby the mayor to change the code: