City threatens Seniors With Fines and Prison for Harmless Flowers

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City threatens Seniors With Fines and Prison for Harmless Flowers

Carl and Janice Duffner are senior citizens who, due to severe grass allergies, converted their entire yard into a beautiful, well-maintained, grass-free flower garden. All was well until one of their neighbors complained that the Duffners were not in compliance with a city ordinance that requires residential property owners to devote at least half of their yard to growing and maintaining “turf grass”, or face fines of up to $500 and 10 days in prison for each and every day they fail to comply. There is absolutely nothing unlawful or harmful about the Duffners’ flowers, yet St. Peters is threatening them with extraordinary fines and decades in prison simply because they choose to grow flowers instead of a plant that makes them sick.

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