Here's a question. If you have something on or in or around your house and have had this for many years, say 17 years, and then the local city officials pass an ordinance forbidding whatever this is, shouldn't you be grandfathered?
Here's the most benign instance of this sort of thing I've ever heard.
"A new zoning ordinance designed to “protect the distinctive character of the Miami Shores Village,” was enacted and specifically prohibited vegetables – not fruit, trees or even plastic flamingos – from appearing in front yards."
Now there was a couple living in Miami Shores Village who'd had a garden with vegetables in their front yard for 17 years.
Shortly after the ordinance passed, the couple received a visit from their local code enforcement officer. They were given a choice: Uproot the garden or pay a $50 per day fine to keep it. After twice appearing before the Miami Shores Enforcement Board and being denied an exemption, the couple decided to dig up the garden rather than fork over $1,500 a month to the city.
This is just silly. The couple have filed a lawsuit asking the court to rule that this law is unconstitutional and infringes on their right to privacy.