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Miami couple suing government for ordering them to remove their vegetable garden

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Growing controversy: Attorneys from the Institute for Justice filed a lawsuit on behalf of the couple claiming that the town’s ban on vegetable gardens in the front yard is unconstitutional.

Front yard gardened for 17 years – now face fines of $50 per day

By Joey Flechas
Miami Herald
Nov 19, 2013

Excerpt:

For retired architect Hermine Ricketts, plotting out her prized vegetable garden — with its okra, kale, lettuce, onions and a dozen or more varieties of Asian cabbage — was a labor of love.

But Miami Shores village leaders, unhappy with Ricketts green thumb, ordered her and husband Tom Carroll to dig up the bounty they have been growing for the past 17 years in their front yard — or face fines of $50 a day. A front yard garden violates a zoning ordinance, village officials say.

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