Floridians could soon grow vegetables in front yards without fear of fines

Senate votes 35-5 for bill to prohibit banning gardens

File photo.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Floridians could soon grow vegetables in their front yards without fear of local government fines.

The Senate voted 35-5 for a bill to prohibit banning of front-yard vegetable gardens. The five "no" votes were cast by Democrats.

Bill sponsor Republican Sen. Rob Bradley said government shouldn't stand in the way of people who want to grow their own food.

The bill was inspired by a court battle after Miami Shores told homeowners to dig up their vegetable garden or face a $50-a-day fine. An appeals court upheld the ordinance.

Democratic Sen. Bobby Powell argued against the bill, saying that lawmakers shouldn't tie the hands of every local government over a case in one community.

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A House version of the bill has been approved in the first of three committee stops.

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