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(Orlando Sentinel)   Man who intentionally keeps his lawn overgrown with weeds and leaving it a disaster gets fined $130,000 for having an unsightly yard   (orlandosentinel.com) divider line 137
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2014-01-04 12:03:35 PM
fta Law said he is creating a natural environment for life while growing arugula, avocados, broccoli, watermelon and luffa.

Does Bill O'Reilly know about this?
 
IP
2014-01-04 12:12:27 PM
Goddamn hipsters have invaded Florida now.
 
2014-01-04 12:13:24 PM
I got reported for having "weeds" in my yard. I was living in California, the 'weeds" were California poppies, the state flower.
 
2014-01-04 12:14:32 PM
It's like he's only letting nature take it's course man.
 
mhd
2014-01-04 12:14:47 PM
He looked exactly like I thought he'd look.

/The city fought the Law and the Law didn't win.
//Still, $130k? Geeze, I thought Germany's "You vill keep ze village BEAUTIFUL!!" laws were bad enough...
 
2014-01-04 12:15:08 PM
Mowing the lawn is a meditative act necessary for most men to cope with living in the suburbs with their frigid, overweight wives.

Don't hate this guy for avoiding that, emulate him.
 
2014-01-04 12:15:26 PM
One resident said her cat often brings home dead rats, snakes and moles it has hunted on the property.

Keep your cat out of his yard, lady.
 
m00
2014-01-04 12:15:38 PM
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2014-01-04 12:17:41 PM
Damn, no HOA to hate on.
 
2014-01-04 12:18:49 PM
I understand why people get upset over this -- a house like this on your block, or next to yours lowers curb appeal and property value. Guy seems alright, just that he could do some better landscaping and still have all the benefits of his garden. It's rather unsightly as is.
 
2014-01-04 12:19:19 PM
Move to the country dumbass.
 
2014-01-04 12:25:24 PM

IP: Goddamn hipsters have invaded Florida now.


They've generally invaded everywhere, so much so that it isn't even a subculture anymore but a sociological grouping it seems. Here in New Jersey there are a bunch of Hipster enclaves where the prices got low on the rent and property values (Asbury Park, Montclair, Union Twp) or a street of a major city they snatch up (Halsey St, Newark, NJ), and predictably the rent goes up and the only people who can afford it are the Hipsters. If you just do a Google search on some Florida towns adding in the word "Hipster" in the search (or putting in "Hipster Florida"), I am sure you will be shocked and dismayed by the results.
 
2014-01-04 12:25:38 PM

Mr.Poops: I understand why people get upset over this -- a house like this on your block, or next to yours lowers curb appeal and property value. Guy seems alright, just that he could do some better landscaping and still have all the benefits of his garden. It's rather unsightly as is.


A whole lotta this.  I do my front planters in rainbow chard and red mustard greens interspersed with purple basil and flat leaf parsley and it ends up looking pretty good.  As they showed his in the article, the yard looks like shiat to the untrained observer.

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2014-01-04 12:25:41 PM

NightOwl2255: Damn, no HOA to hate on.


Nope.  In some suburbs this crap is built right into the local code.

My friend's mother has gotten cited a couple of times, because she turned her front lawn into a vegetable garden (back of the house doesn't get enough sun).  Oddly, she's not been cited for the veggie, but rather because she doesn't clean things up in the fall when the growing season has ended.
 
2014-01-04 12:26:37 PM
Doing your part to keep home values up in your neighborhood is part of the deal, shiatstain.
 
2014-01-04 12:27:00 PM
Does this house not have a back yard? Nobody really cares what you do in a back yard, but if you are going to live in a traditional neighborhood (and not some extremely rural farm), you should have some common decency to make the front of your house not look like some abandoned lot in a city.
 
2014-01-04 12:27:17 PM
That seems so bizarre to me now. In Portland, some people let their lawns go to seed in the summer, sprouting all kinds of wildflowers and yes, weeds. It's actually very pretty. Others have full-on front yard vegetable gardens. In neither case does code enforcement give a crap. They actually care about things that are unsanitary and/or dangerous.
 
2014-01-04 12:28:39 PM
Municipal ordinance trumped like a mofo by state law.

Next!
 
2014-01-04 12:29:47 PM

NightOwl2255: Damn, no HOA to hate on.


You could still hate on the town for acting like an HOA (I mean $130,000? Seriously?!) because that's how some of these towns act. But I would still hate equally on the Hipster for not maintaining his yard, who could have put in something like this:

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and still could have kept his front yard generally clean.
 
2014-01-04 12:30:51 PM
Oh sure, when we do it, its a horrible eyesore that destroys property value, but when Sprint does it, its "green initiative".

i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-04 12:31:06 PM
Am I the only one wondering where he hides his Lucky Charms?

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2014-01-04 12:32:09 PM
and this is why you don't buy residential zone property

my home is on Commercial zone land, and i can do whatever i want on it, whenever i want. and no one can say a peep
 
2014-01-04 12:32:21 PM

MBZ321: Does this house not have a back yard? Nobody really cares what you do in a back yard, but if you are going to live in a traditional neighborhood (and not some extremely rural farm), you should have some common decency to make the front of your house not look like some abandoned lot in a city.


THIS.

/ although the fine seems really excessive to me.
 
2014-01-04 12:32:54 PM
I bet just a few gluten-and-HFC-free arugula, avocado, broccoli, watermelon and luff pies, given as a peace offering, would have cleared this all up earlier.

CSB - I have an "earthy" neighbor that home schools her children. She was kind enough to ask if we'd be OK with her growing sweet corn in her yard for the kids' agricultural lesson. We said fine and then got some corn at harvest time. We didn't eat it because we'd been warned of her secret compost recipe. It's urine.
 
2014-01-04 12:33:11 PM
Two thing.

First: You're in the middle of town dumbass, you want to grow you own food move to the country were you have lots of room to do what ever the fark you want.
Two: Shizen nōhō, the farming practice he claims to be following, does in fact allow for weeding
 
2014-01-04 12:33:51 PM
You want to kick your neighbor in the balls? Keep ignoring your slum like yard.

/sure you will stay there for 40 years, but your neighbor may want to sell in the next few years. selfish pricks.
 
2014-01-04 12:36:58 PM
The neighbors could toss a handful of seeds around the yard, wait for the plants to grow then have the police investigate.
 
2014-01-04 12:37:02 PM
Hipster scum. I'm sure he's a hit at the local Starbucks.
 
2014-01-04 12:37:09 PM

thenumber5: and this is why you don't buy residential zone property

my home is on Commercial zone land, and i can do whatever i want on it, whenever i want. and no one can say a peep


You live in an abandoned chemical plant? I'm jealous of your weed infested land.
 
2014-01-04 12:38:04 PM
I'm surprised the neighbours haven't resorted to dousing this guy's yard with RoundUp while he's away.
 
2014-01-04 12:39:12 PM

johncb76006: The neighbors could toss a handful of seeds around the yard, wait for the plants to grow then have the police investigate.


Or a few gallons of Roundup and then call the EPA to investigate.
 
2014-01-04 12:40:27 PM
His yard is not pretty, but at least it's not grass that takes up shiatloads of water and requires pesticides and fertilizer but dies anyway every year or so during the dry season.

Seriously, there should be no lawns in Florida, they are an abomination. England, sure, Florida, no.

Neighbors should mind their own business.
 
2014-01-04 12:41:36 PM
On the one hand, letting your yard grow unchecked is a recipe for disaster. On the other...a $130,000 fine? Jesus. Somebody in local government must have really wanted to teach this guy a lesson (and issue a warning to others to keep their properties from becoming eyesores).

I'm curious though, how did they come up with that fine? Seems like a slightly exorbitant/random figure to me. I'd consider getting fined $100K for a felony, not for what seems to be a HOA/zoning violation.
 
2014-01-04 12:42:55 PM
417 East Maine Ave., Longwood, Florida

Approximate address according to google maps - you can see the finely manicured lawn before Mr. Lucky Charm moved in.
 
2014-01-04 12:43:47 PM

adamatari: His yard is not pretty, but at least it's not grass that takes up shiatloads of water and requires pesticides and fertilizer but dies anyway every year or so during the dry season.

Seriously, there should be no lawns in Florida, they are an abomination. England, sure, Florida, no.

Neighbors should mind their own business.


When your neighbors negligence reduces your home value by tens of thousands, you may care a bit.

In principle I agree, in the real world it doesn't quite work that way
 
2014-01-04 12:44:20 PM
I suspect that chopping down the trees and then not removing them, as well as letting the lawn go to crap before he started sprinkling food plant seeds around, hasn't helped very much.

The yard probably would look a lot better (at least something more like the veggie version of an English garden) if he'd just cleared out what he didn't want before he started planting what he did want. However, that would have required effort, which doesn't seem to jibe with his interpretation of the Japanese philospher.
 
2014-01-04 12:45:14 PM

adamatari: His yard is not pretty, but at least it's not grass that takes up shiatloads of water and requires pesticides and fertilizer but dies anyway every year or so during the dry season.

Seriously, there should be no lawns in Florida, they are an abomination. England, sure, Florida, no.

Neighbors should mind their own business.



Lawns grow pretty easy in Florida, and most other Southern states. You don't even have to water the damn things.
 
2014-01-04 12:46:41 PM

shlabotnik: 417 East Maine Ave., Longwood, Florida

Approximate address according to google maps - you can see the finely manicured lawn before Mr. Lucky Charm moved in.


I'm not the only one huh?

That's not quite the right address.  Apperently, when you're in court this much, your address becomes pretty easy to google.

The whole neighborhood is kindof a slum with dead plants everywhere.  Given this shiatstain of a "community" I'd say he's improving things a bit.
 
2014-01-04 12:47:01 PM

shlabotnik: 417 East Maine Ave., Longwood, Florida

Approximate address according to google maps - you can see the finely manicured lawn before Mr. Lucky Charm moved in.


Wonder if he also took out the pool, or if that's just full of pond scum right now.
 
2014-01-04 12:48:24 PM

Lydia_C: I suspect that chopping down the trees and then not removing them, as well as letting the lawn go to crap before he started sprinkling food plant seeds around, hasn't helped very much.

The yard probably would look a lot better (at least something more like the veggie version of an English garden) if he'd just cleared out what he didn't want before he started planting what he did want. However, that would have required effort, which doesn't seem to jibe with his interpretation of the Japanese philospher.


This guy strikes me as lazy, along with his 'eco' views. My dad stopped caring for his fruit trees after my mom died and they got sooo ugly, and more importantly stopped producing much fruit after a few years. You NEED to prune your trees, jackass. I'm all for gardening the hell out of your yard, but not the way he's doing it.
 
2014-01-04 12:48:59 PM

rohar: shlabotnik: 417 East Maine Ave., Longwood, Florida

Approximate address according to google maps - you can see the finely manicured lawn before Mr. Lucky Charm moved in.

I'm not the only one huh?

That's not quite the right address.  Apperently, when you're in court this much, your address becomes pretty easy to google.

The whole neighborhood is kindof a slum with dead plants everywhere.  Given this shiatstain of a "community" I'd say he's improving things a bit.


Emphasis added because you weren't bright enough to look across the street.
 
2014-01-04 12:49:28 PM

thenumber5: and this is why you don't buy residential zone property

my home is on Commercial zone land, and i can do whatever i want on it, whenever i want. and no one can say a peep


Heh.

Yeah, amusingly enough so is mine.  I have no idea what quirk of zoning law made my historic residential neighborhood a commercial zone, but it is.  I see no reason to try to change it, since I do run a business from home.
 
2014-01-04 12:49:36 PM
GET A JOB HIPPIE!
 
2014-01-04 12:50:32 PM
www.trbimg.com

Thank god smells cannot be carried through the Internet.
 
2014-01-04 12:52:04 PM
Code enforcement in Florida can be strange. My brother was dinged a couple of times for parking his work van with a visible logo in his driveway while he was on call. I told him he should turn a couple of bolts on his garage door when he gets out of the van, making it into an "extended service call".
 
2014-01-04 12:56:44 PM
I hate lawns.  Good for the goofy looking guy.

I live along the shore of a little lake.  The yards along my entire road look like charming woods, with only one guy with a full scale perfect lawn from the road to the water.  That guy is creating an eyesore.
 
2014-01-04 12:59:07 PM
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2014-01-04 01:00:11 PM

The 13th Jurist: On the one hand, letting your yard grow unchecked is a recipe for disaster. On the other...a $130,000 fine? Jesus. Somebody in local government must have really wanted to teach this guy a lesson (and issue a warning to others to keep their properties from becoming eyesores).

I'm curious though, how did they come up with that fine? Seems like a slightly exorbitant/random figure to me. I'd consider getting fined $100K for a felony, not for what seems to be a HOA/zoning violation.


According to the article it's a $300 fine per day.  In one year he would owe $109,500 and I read that this has been going on for close to two years now.  Still excessive but they probably thought that the threat of $300 per day would make him clean it up.
 
2014-01-04 01:00:14 PM
I hope he goes around shouting I AM THE LAW!!!
 
2014-01-04 01:00:33 PM

JohnnyBravo: Doing your part to keep home values up in your neighborhood is part of the deal, shiatstain.


Which you are not doing by having that shiatty shade of stain on your fence, and that stupid portico with the support beams that contrast with the cornice work.

Please do your part and remove your farking eyesores, dicknose.
 
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