In what could be described as an act of envy for Southampton's recently passed hedge ordinance, the village of Sag Harbor is now considering a botanical law of its very own. On Tuesday, the board discussed a ban on bamboo.
The move is being considered after one homeowner complained that her neighbor's bamboo had made its way 15 feet onto her property. While Southampton's law is considered unique to the area, a ban on invasive species like bamboo is more common. Village attorney Fred W. Thiele, Jr. noted towns further west on Long Island have already enacted something like this. "[It] seems to be a growing trend" he said.
According to a draft of the law, homeowners in the village would be required to remove all bamboo and poison ivy from their property. Failure to remove either plant could mean a $250 fine and/or 15 days in jail with each day the house is in violation counting as a separate offence.
· Ban on Bamboo Bandied in the Village of Sag Harbor [Sag Harbor Express]
· Southampton Village Says Trim Your Hedges...Or Else [Curbed Hamptons]