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Please read and share this important story written by the father of a local High School Senior who is really making a difference in our community… Anyone who knows me knows that I am very passionate about gardening, food security and the right to grow our own food to ensure that security!
This young man’s garden not only grows food and benefits local disadvantaged people, it also creates a beautiful space in his neighborhood (see the pics below)! Why on Earth would anyone object to all of these benefits?
Please join us at 9:30am Tuesday August 20, 2013 at the City Council Meeting Downtown Vero Beach to support this young man:
Letter from Dr. Glenn Tremml, MD about his son’s philanthropy:
“If you support: gardening, not-for-profit organizations who help our disadvantaged, or the rights of property owners to use their land within reason, then please support Will by passing this on to those who support such causes…
My wife, Emily Tremml, purchased an empty lot across from our home for investment purposes. My son Will, a rising senior a St. Edward’s School and Eagle Scout, had the idea to grow organic produce and donate it to the those in need. He organized a group of friends to help him in this endeavor. He formed “Intercostal Farms-Feeding the Hungry” as on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/240797866055204/
We are very proud of him for doing this all on his own. Several deliveries of organic produce have already been delivered to the Vero Beach Homeless Family Shelter
An anonymous person named “Joe”, with an Osceola county phone number, filed complaint with the City of Vero Beach. We learned that indeed no use is permitted in residentially zoned areas that are not specifically permitted (golf courses, churches, etc.). Rather than abandoning the cause, Will researched the many community benefits of neighborhood gardens and the many other municipalities that already permit such land use in residential neighborhoods.
Will met with the City Planner, Tim McGarry. The hope was to obtain a “special conditional use permit” for such a clearly positive use of land, but this is not possible. Therefore, Will is going before Vero Beach City Council to propose an additional Conditional Land Use Ordinance for residentially zoned areas for gardening. If you support: gardening, not-for-profit organizations who help our disadvantaged, or the rights of property owners to use their land within reason, then please support Will by passing this on to those who support such causes, contact Vero Beach City Council members, or by attending the City Council Meeting August 20 at 9:30 AM in person. We have support from adjacent property owners and with the addition of community support; hope that this will be an easy and positive addition to our City’s Ordinances.
Which would you rather have in your neighborhood? See attached photo’s of Will’s garden currently (left), not currently covered by City Ordinance, or vacant lot three properties to the south of us, in complete compliance (right)?