Florida law protects homeowners who put in less-thirsty yards - OrlandoSentinel.com: "When state Sen. Carey Baker proposed a law encouraging Florida homeowners to get rid of thirsty grass, he had Dorothy Bombera in mind. The Venice retiree has steadily ripped out her lawn, making room for daisies, perennial peanuts, palms and other drought-resistant plants.
But not all of her neighbors found the new scenery attractive, and her homeowners association threatened to fine Bombera if she didn't re-create the old, conventional yard.
Last week, Baker's legislation was signed into law by Gov. Charlie Crist, and Bombera is now off the hook.'They were up to a $480 fine,' Bombera said of the homeowners association. 'I think that passing this was the most wonderful thing.'"
So common sense prevailed.