Privacy   |    Financial   |    Current Events   |    Self Defense   |    Miscellaneous   |    Letters To Editor   |    About Off The Grid News   |    Off The Grid Videos   |    Weekly Radio Show

Judge Rules Town Can Ban Vegetable Gardens Because They’re Ugly

BREAKING: Judge Rules Town Can Ban Vegetable Gardens Because They’re Ugly

Image source: Pixabay.com

 

MIAMI – In a blow to freedom and property rights, a Florida judge has ruled that residents of Miami Shores do not have a fundamental right to grow vegetables in their front yard, even if they don’t have a backyard or their backyard is deficient for growing plants.

Miami Shores officials say the ordinance benefits neighborhood aesthetics.

The ruling by Circuit Court Judge Monica Gordo is a blow to the well-publicized case of Hermine Ricketts and Tom Carroll, a married couple who say their backyard is too shady to grow a garden.

The couple grew vegetables in the front yard for 17 years for health and financial reasons until the Miami Shores village government passed an ordinance banning front yard vegetable growing. Ricketts and Carroll were facing a $50-a-day fine.

Looking For Non-GMO Seeds? Get Them From A Company You Can Trust!

“This Court is not convinced that the prohibition of front-yard vegetable gardens impairs any fundamental right” Gordo wrote in her Aug. 25 opinion. “… The Court finds that the prohibition of vegetable gardens except in back yards is rationally related to Miami Shores’ legitimate interest in promoting and maintaining aesthetics.”

She added that “protecting aesthetics is a legitimate government purpose.”

Story continues below video

The couple was represented by the Institute for Justice, which offered experts who argued that vegetables “do not have an intrinsically good or bad visual quality” and “are not aesthetically degrading,” but Gordo wrote that the city’s law was a “value judgement” that she would not second guess.

The Institute for Justice said it will appeal the ruling.

“Today’s ruling affects every homeowner in Miami Shores who wants to grow a garden in their front yard,” said Institute for Justice attorney Ari Bargil. “The court agreed that Miami Shores never explained how banning front-yard vegetable gardens promotes its claimed interest in ‘aesthetics,’ but the court nevertheless ruled that the village has the power to ban these gardens anyway.”

Their garden was known as one of the more attractive ones in the area.

“I am disappointed by today’s ruling,” Ricketts said. “My garden not only provided us with food, but it was also beautiful and added character to the community. I look forward to continuing this fight and ultimately winning so I can once again use my property productively instead of being forced to have a useless lawn.”

Bargil noted that if Ricketts and Carroll wanted to “grow fruit or flowers or display pink flamingos,” the town would have been fine with it.

“They should be equally free to grow food for their own consumption, which they did for 17 years before the village forced them to uproot the very source of their sustenance,” he added.

What is your reaction? Share it in the section below:

Every Year, Gardeners Make This Stupid Mistake — But You Don’t Have To. Read More Here.

© Copyright Off The Grid News

5 comments

  1. This ruling is wrong as a matter of law and the judge should have known that.

  2. Lisa Sperling. A.R.

    This faker in the black dress, the so called “judge”, is a government impersonator, not a judge. He is a private contractor, a third party debt collector for the Federal Reserve. He collects the fraudulent debt of the privately owned central bank. The court is NOT a court, but a judicial center, a trading association, that trades in the legal fiction.
    We have no more government. It is a corporation, a slave racket, that trades in the legal fiction.
    Please go to video.google.com and type in “Meet Your Strawman” a 5 minute cartoon – it is the strawman that is on trial. Real people are not on trial. It’s a VERY BAD JOKE of a madman who invented this device. It is PRESUMED that you know the law, and that this is fraud, or you are responsible for the debt of paperwork in DC, your all caps name, paperwork in DC. Not you. You are not on trial. But if you go along with these EVIL FAKER JUDGES, they will treat their fake laws as real. It is an evil loophole, devised by evil men.
    How does the faker “judge” “make” “money”. He robs your multi billion dollar birth certificate account, paperwork in DC. Please watch the video “Meet Your Strawman: Your Birth Certificate is worth Billions”.
    VERY IMPORTANT. GOOGLE THIS ARTICLE: “Bombshell: Rod Class Gets Fourth Ruling: All Gov’t Offices are Vacant, All Gov’t Officials are Private Contractors”

    YOU MUST STUDY THAT ARTICLE. THIS FAKER JUDGE IS A GANGSTER AND HE HAS NO LAWS. HE IS OPERATING BY LOOPHOLE. They are controlled by evil men, Roman Catholic bishops, who hate the liberties of Protestant America and are creating a slave state. These judges are corrupt, wicked puppets, and they do as they are ordered to do. Some of them are out and out satanists. Probably MOST of them are, and in order to do their job, they must destroy your life.

    They want to create a famine, because they are part of a genocidal religion. In 1932 in Ukraine, the Bolsheviks, who were created by the Roman Catholic Church and the money to raise them up was from their Wall Street puppets. Read WALL STREET AND THE BOLSHEVIK REVOLUTION by Anthony Sutton. The Roman Catholic Church WHICH REALLY RAN BOLSHEVIK RUSSIA behind the scenes, created a famine so that the Russian Orthodox people, who they have always hated from the beginning of hte schism, would be killed.

    That policy of hte courts is TO CREATE FAMINE, and is the precise rationale behind this phony judge’s “decision”, which is not his decision, it is pre-decided by evil men and the judge is a puppet.

    After you read Rod Class’ article “Bombshell: Rod Class Gets Fourth Decision all Gov’t Offices are Vacant”, go to is AIB talkshoe radio channel 48361, and listen to talks 646 to 651. Scroll back pages to get there.

    YOU MUST WAKE UP AND STOP ACCEPTING THESE FAKER DECISIONS. YOU MUST LEARN HOW TO STAY OUT OF THEIR COURTS. GO TO peoples-rights.com and order their courses. Start with their introductory package for $20, and then STAY OUT OF THEIR COURTS.

    IF YOU REMAIN IGNORANT, THEY WILL STICK THEIR JACK BOOTS DOWN YOUR THROATS. GET ANGRY, PEOPLE, GET MOTIVATED TO LEARN WHAT THESE MONSTERS ARE DOING TO YOU. IT IS PRESUMED YOU KNOW THAT THEY HAVE NO LAW. IF YOU JUST ACCEPT THIS FAKERY, THEY WILL STOMP YOU INTO THE GROUND

    WAKE UP. STUDY WHAT I SUGGEST. READ. THINK. RESEARCH. SEE WHAT THESE MONSTERS ARE DOING TO YOU. THIS IS PURPOSEFUL GENOCIDE. STOP BEING PASSIVE. WE MUST LEARN HOW TO SUE THEM PERSONALLY.

    THEY HAVE NO AUTHORITY. JUDGES AND POLICE AND ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE LIARS. THEY ARE THIRD PARTY DEBT COLLECTORS. READ THE ROD CLASS ARTICLE. YOU MUST NOT ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE THEIR VICTIM. THEY ARE EVIL, WICKED PEOPLE. I HAVE HEARD EX WITCHES SAY THAT POLICE, JUDGES, CORPORATE EXECUTIVES, ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE IN THEIR COVENS, WHERE THEY MURDER FOR POWER.

    DON’T BE THEIR SACRIFICE TO SATAN, PEOPLE. THAT’S HOW THEY SEE YOU.
    THIS IS, AT THE BOTTOM, A RELIGIOUS WAR AGAINST PROTESTANT AMERICA.
    “ROME IS ALWAYS AND EVERYWHERE FIGHTING AGAINST THE RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES OF MAN, ESPECIALLY SO IN THE UNITED STATES” CHARLES CHINIQUY, EX ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST, IN HIS BOOK 50 YEARS IN THE CHURCH OF ROME. THE RCC RUNS THIS NATION AND IS PLANNING TO DESTROY IT. THIS DECISION IS TO CREATE A FAMINE.

    THE COURTS ARE PHONY. THE JUDGES ARE PHONY. THEY ARE MASS MURDERING SATANISTS.
    WAKE UP.

  3. This crap has to stop. Let the braindead paid off corrupt people be herded into a pin and forgotten about. They can eat each other. They deserve no place on our planet!

  4. Since when has the “Right” to grow your own food been usurped by aesthetics?

    From what I’ve read of this story, past and present, it appears that Hermine Ricketts and Tom Caroll are the only residents in Miami Shores whose property doesn’t meet the approval of some persons who, after 17 years, have finally won their personal battle against these outcasts!
    This is clearly an attack on an individual’s rights to their property, especially after it’s been accepted for 17 years.
    This circuit court judge should try reading and honoring the intent of the architects of the US Constitution as she clearly has fallen sway to the neo-lib/con ideology that individuals no longer have rights.
    Because of judges like Monica Gordo and their decisions that defy the intent of the “Framers” and instead apply “the rule of law” which is the pathway to corporate hegemony and the loss of democratic freedom; the ability to utilize your property for your own benefit and the rights of individuals in America, today, have been eroded.
    We have witnessed 40 years of austerity for all social based programs, to the point where these institutions are merely hollowed out facades of what they use to represent and provide.
    At the same time, we have seen tax breaks, bail-outs, deregulation and person-hood status granted to corporate entities that, NOW, have more “Rights” than human beings; ODD… considering corporations aren’t even mentioned in the Constitution or Bill of Rights.
    This is what the slow motion creep of “FASCISM” looks like: The government and business collude against the citizens, making them nothing more than expendable ERGs of energy as a line item on the corporate balance sheet.
    WAKE UP AND SPEAK OUT!!!….. BEFORE YOU CAN’T!!!

  5. They should start growing on their roof.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>