Neighbors say Florida-Friendly Landscaping has gotten out of control at a home in The Villages.
Florida-Friendly landscaping means using low-maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices, according to the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Florida-Friendly Landscaping is allowed in The Villages. The water-saving practices associated with Florida-Friendly Landscaping are even encouraged.
But Florida-Friendly Landscaping is viewed very differently by neighbors of a home at 2167 Darwin Terrace in the Village of Amelia.
“It looks like a jungle,” Craig Bonifant said during a 2017 protest of the property. That day he had stationed himself outside the Community Development District 6 board meeting.
He questioned why homeowners can be ordered to pluck little white crosses from their yards while Florida-Friendly landscaping grows wildly unchecked.
Two years after Bonifant’s protest, nothing has changed at his neighbor’s home. If anything, it’s gotten worse.
The University of Florida Extension Service describes Florida-Friendly Landscaping as a “beautiful landscape that could save you time, energy and money while protecting our future.”
Opponents of Florida-Friendly Landscaping contend that if those homeowners had played the Florida-Friendly card, they may have gotten a reprieve from Community Standards.