Orlando man cited for 10-foot-tall weeds on lawn

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ORLANDO, Fla. - A 70-year-old man will meet with Orlando leaders Monday to fight for his 10-foot-tall weeds.

Last month, Orlando code enforcement cited Zayd Darwish for having massive weeds and overgrown brush on the lawn of his Halbe Avenue home.

Officials said the property near the Citrus Bowl is a safety issue, and neighbors have complained that it's bringing down their property values.

Darwish, however, said the issue is about a different kind of greenery.

"I think the city can find some other way to make a living for the city.  I think the city needs income. I would like to see it have some, but not at my expense," said Darwish.

Officials said if Darwish does not cut down the weeds, the city will do it and send him a bill for $300.

The neighbors told WFTV they offered to cut them down for free, but Darwish declined.

Darwish said he is willing to compromise, but doesn't think the city should force people to change their landscaping.