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oldandslow
09-13-2010, 11:17 AM
cause it will cost ya...

County Sues Farmer, Cites Too Many Crops on 2 acres


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Posted: 5:20 pm EDT September 12, 2010
Updated: 10:00 am EDT September 13, 2010

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County is suing a local farmer for growing too many vegetables, but he said he will fight the charges in the ongoing battle neighbors call “Cabbagegate.”

Fig trees, broccoli and cabbages are among the many greens that line the soil on Steve Miller’s more than two acres in Clarkston, who said he has spent fifteen years growing crops to give away and sell at local farmers markets.

“It's a way of life, like it's something in my blood,” said Miller.
In January, Dekalb County code enforcement officers began ticketing him for growing too many crops for the zoning and having unpermitted employees on site.

Miller stopped growing vegetables this summer and the charges were put on hold as he got the property rezoned.

Two weeks after approval, however, his attorney said the county began prosecuting the old charges, saying he was technically in violation before the rezoning.

“It should go away. I think it borders on harassment,” said Miller’s attorney Doug Dillard.

Miller faces nearly $5,000 in fines, but he said he plans to fight those citations in recorders court later this month.

A county spokesperson said officials can’t discuss the matter while it is in court, but neighbors were quick to come to his defense.

“When he moved here and I found out what he was doing I said, ‘Steve, you’re the best thing that ever happened to Cimarron Drive. And I still say that,” said neighbor Britt Fayssoux.

HonestChieffan
09-13-2010, 11:21 AM
This sort of thing is best managed by government no doubt.

Dave Lane
09-13-2010, 12:42 PM
First in with its Obamas fault??

blaise
09-13-2010, 12:56 PM
I can't imagine what it would be, but is there some reason why a county would want to limit it?

Brock
09-13-2010, 01:08 PM
I can't imagine what it would be, but is there some reason why a county would want to limit it?

I can understand that part, but why prosecute a zoning violation after the zoning was changed so he's no longer in violation?

Dave Lane
09-13-2010, 01:35 PM
I think he's in the city IE not zoned for a farm from what I read.

Velvet_Jones
09-13-2010, 01:56 PM
I'm not sure how they would ever stop him after the re-zoning but I bet they can find a nesting area for the near extinct lower flatland barking turtle on his land. That will stop him.

Velvet_Jones
09-13-2010, 01:57 PM
That's how these fuckers work.

blaise
09-13-2010, 02:04 PM
I can understand that part, but why prosecute a zoning violation after the zoning was changed so he's no longer in violation?

Yeah, I don't know. I can think of any reasonable explanation.

Brock
09-13-2010, 03:45 PM
I think he's in the city IE not zoned for a farm from what I read.

Well, you're wrong.

Bewbies
09-13-2010, 04:51 PM
I live in DeKalb county, they're broke. The other thing is he might be white, there's a lot of reverse racism down here.

BucEyedPea
09-13-2010, 05:02 PM
A county spokesperson said officials can’t discuss the matter while it is in court, but neighbors were quick to come to his defense.

“When he moved here and I found out what he was doing I said, ‘Steve, you’re the best thing that ever happened to Cimarron Drive. And I still say that,” said neighbor Britt Fayssoux.

Good! He better ask for a jury trial...and make sure they're fully informed about jury nullification where they get to judge the law. :)

As to those not on his side—> dayum Bolsheviks!

BucEyedPea
09-13-2010, 05:03 PM
I live in DeKalb county, they're broke. The other thing is he might be white, there's a lot of reverse racism down here.

I feel sorry for poor people like you.

RedDread
09-13-2010, 05:07 PM
This story fits the narrative.

NewChief
09-13-2010, 05:07 PM
I can't imagine what it would be, but is there some reason why a county would want to limit it?

They might not distinguish between agricultural uses (even though they clearly should).

A bunch of large gardens in the city? No big deal.

25 swine and a chicken house? Quite a bit bigger deal.

vailpass
09-13-2010, 05:13 PM
I feel sorry for poor people like you.

I know. Living in a county that discriminated against white people is something I cant even fucking imagine.

Bewbies
09-14-2010, 02:03 AM
I feel sorry for poor people like you.

Huh? I'm not poor, the county is. DeKalb county is huge, stretches from the hood south of Atlanta, up through Brookhaven and Dunwoody, both of which are quite affluent. :thumb:

BucEyedPea
09-14-2010, 10:45 AM
Huh? I'm not poor, the county is. DeKalb county is huge, stretches from the hood south of Atlanta, up through Brookhaven and Dunwoody, both of which are quite affluent. :thumb:

But your are white.