DEERFIELD BEACH – Gloria Battle, City Commissioner of Deerfield Beach, FL, replaced her natural lawn with drought tolerant landscaping despite city codes requiring property owners to maintain a natural lawn … and she’s ready to fight code enforcement not only to keep it but to make the option available for all residents.
Though many property owners have replaced their lawn in effort to save water and money, Gloria replaced her lawn for medical reasons.
“My doctor told me I was allergic to every kind of grass there is,” she said.
Gloria’s allergies prevented her from sitting out on her grass, spending time in the yard, and otherwise enjoying her property. As the City Commissioner, she’s hoping to revise the city codes to accommodate residents interested in replacing their natural grass with more drought-tolerant, and hypoallergenic, landscaping solutions.
Battle said the code changes, which are not yet available, will let people to put down fake grass if they wish. She believes it’s an idea whose time has come, considering the area has been under lawn-watering restrictions since 2010.
This is a bold move and a step in the right direction.
Natural grass shouldn’t be forced upon property owners – especially those suffering from allergies preventing them from enjoying it.