Long Island Bamboo Invasion Sparks Proposal Of Ban

SMITHTOWN, NY (WCBS 880) – Love thy neighbor? Not so much in one Long Island town.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reports

The town of Smithtown is considering an argument to ban bamboo after a homeowner alleges his neighbor’s plants have invaded and damaged his property.

The angry man even tried to legally force the bamboo owner to remove the invasive 40-foot plants, but to no avail.

Another neighbor, however, doesn’t quite get all the commotion.

“No big problem with me. I mean, it looks nice I think,” he said.

Bamboo is restricted in two Long Island villages but so far, there is no ban.

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