Massapequa fine mowing, Town to fine, jail homeowners who don't mow lawns Letting one's lawn grow to unsightly lengths can now earn enormous fines for homeowners in Long Island, N.Y.'s Massapequa Park or even land them in jail (how much is the fine?). The unincorporated village voted to impose the draconian measures after neighbors repeatedly complained about overgrown lawns. Is it just us, or does a $10,000 fine and jail time for failing to mow your lawn seem a little steep? The Long Island, N.Y., village of Massapequa Park is instituting penalties for people who don't maintain their property, a problem that has apparently grown thanks to a rise in foreclosures. The village board voted unanimously Monday to institute a stepped system whereby property owners face a $250 to $1,000 fine for a first property-maintenance offense, $2,500 and a jail sentence of up to 10 days for a second offense, and $10,000 and 15 days in the clink for a third. That's a lot of green for neglecting your green. Brace yourself for a mow-down showdown in Massapequa Park on Long Island, where the powers that be are imposing big fines on homeowners who don't cut it when it comes to yard work.
First time offenders could be hit with a $1,000 fine. Fines for repeat offenders could reach a whopping $10,000, CBS New York reported.
Officials said unkempt property lowers home values and can create a health and public safety hazard.
Not everybody is on board with the law.
A resident named Joseph said he thinks there has to be a better, more neighborly way.
"I think this is a type of place, I live here because people help each other out, not because they report each other," he said. "If it's an elderly couple that's having problems maintaining their property, I think we should help them out. I don't think we should fine them $1,000."
That would be the unkindest cut of all.