My heart goes out to the guy. Oh, don't get me started! Local governments are hotbeds of corruption. This **** would happen in my neighborhood too if I dared to put my hummingbird garden in the front lawn. I truly believe HOAs, covenants, and other ordinances of this nature exist so that powerful interest can force unpopular people (older folks who pay lower property taxes, certain racial groups bigots don't like) out of their homes so investors can take our neighborhoods away & turn them into rental properties = suburban/urban slums! There should be a federal law that bans these so-called "codes." Some neighborhoods near me ban even solar panels. It's crazy.