Property Rights

Miami Area Couple Sues Over Ban on Vegetable Gardens

Had to destroy theirs over threat of fines


A Miami Shores couple is taking the city to court over veggies.

For 17 years they grew vegetables in their front yard. But last May, Miami Shores' Code Enforcement officers inspected Hermine Ricketts and husband Tom Carroll's property and informed them that they were breaking the law by having a vegetable garden in front of their home.

"Last year we had kale, a variety of cabbages, onions and arugla," said Ricketts.

Now their front yard is bare since they were forced to uproot their edible greens.

(Hat tip to Justin Pearson of the Institute for Justice)