Residents Of NY Town Face $1,000 Fines If They Fail To Mow Lawns - The Consumerist
Town officials say this law was passed to keep property values from sinking in the area. It's not unusual for local municipalities to enact laws that fine homeowners for allowing homes to fall into disrepair, but penalties for lack of lawn maintenance are often left to homeowners associations and the like. And the $1,000 amount for a first offense is high even by many HOA standards.
The town is Massapequa Park, on Long Island. The fines can go as high as $10,000 for repeat offenders. This seems to be a response to all the foreclosed properties held by banks that often don't do yard maintenance, and maybe the occasional hippie family that has decided to let their lawn be free. Thanks to Mystery Reader for the link.