Woman told to clean sandy yard or go to jail

Woman Could Go to Prison Over Sand-Covered Lawn

"A thousand dollar fine or a 180 days in jail. I have one parking ticket," Georgianna Reid told KSHB.

Kansas City officials told Georgianna Reed she has 10 days to remove the sand from her yard or appeal. Otherwise they could fine her $1,000 — and she could spend half a year behind bars.

If that happened, Reid's life could end behind bars. Her doctors say she only has about six months to live. Her friends fear she'd die in prison.

Reid told KSHB she's lived in this house for 33 years, and three years ago filled her yard with sand. Her idea was to have a beachfront theme, but many neighbors complained.

"Having a house with sand in it –– it looks like it belongs out in Florida on the beach or something, like a beach home," a neighbor told KSHB.

Legally Reid has the right to have sand in her yard. However, the city says rain has caused weeds to grow, as well as wash sand onto the sidewalk.

"I will take the sand out but I'm going to an asphalt yard because I'm still not gonna mow," Reid told KSHB.

The city has yet to decide if they are opposed to the asphalt alternative.

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