WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — On those hot summer days, keeping lawns green can mean higher water bills, prompting some residents to turn to artificial turf. But not all cities agree with this decision.
Homeowners don’t have to water, fertilize or cut it every week. It’s similar to what you see in sports stadiums.
But in West Palm Beach, as nice as it sounds, there are restrictions.
Judy Barron loves her synthetic turf lawn.
“It’s very comfortable for my feet, like walking on a carpet,” Barron said.
Sprawling across the front of his house on Alpine Road, it resembles a well-maintained golf course.
Lush and green, she said she often receives compliments, but not from the town hall.
“Oh yeah, $50 a day, I’ve been getting a fine since the end of March,” she said.
She said the fines were piling up because West Palm Beach’s artificial turf ordinance only allowed turf on the sides and in the backyard. It cannot be on the front lawns and visible from the street.
Elsewhere in the city, in public places, it seems that synthetic turf is allowed. WPTV spotted him in and around Rosemary Square.
But for homeowners who struggle to keep lawns green during the summer, the option is limited.
“They don’t have an explanation. If they did, I want to hear it,” Barron said. “It just doesn’t make sense.”
Eyra Caldera of Den & Will Synthetic Turf said her sod company in West Palm Beach is now installing two sod lawns a week as homeowners look to cut their water bills.
“It’s very popular, especially for people who want to save money on maintenance,” Caldera said.
Several cities and towns in South Florida apparently have different rules about turf, which is becoming increasingly popular.
Caldera advises homeowners to be aware of what municipalities will allow.
“Check with your city ordinances and make sure the company you’re installing with knows the rules and regulations before you install,” Caldera said.
Barron said she plans to continue to fight the fines.