Plant Has Also Become Contentious In Brookhaven, Malverne, Smithtown

BABYLON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Another Long Island community is proposing restrictions on the planting of bamboo, and recommending stiff fines for violators.

Under Babylon’s bamboo proposal, property owners who allow the invasive plant to spread beyond their yards could be hit with $500 a day fines.

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That’s a little much, according to homeowner Marsha Carlin, who agrees with the ban but not that fine.

“I’m okay with the ban. The fine can be a little lower. It’s a little outrageous,” she told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs. “It’s all about money today. It’s all about the mighty dollar.”

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The Babylon bill will also allow the town to remove the pesky plant from properties at the expense of the homeowner.

The bamboo ban goes to a vote next month.

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