(Here is the latest edition of the Institute for Justice’s weekly Short Circuit newsletter, written by John Ross.)
Miami Shores, Fla., residents can have just about anything in their front yard, including fruit, trees, shrubs, grass, flamingos, garden gnomes, jet skis, and boats. But in 2013, village officials outlawed vegetable gardens, forcing Hermine Ricketts and Tom Carroll to tear out the garden they’d tended for 17 years and from which they grew more than half of what they ate. This week, a Florida appeals court concluded that the vegetable ban is rational and that officials’ aesthetic sensibilities trump the peaceful and productive use of one’s own property. Read more here.