Bamboo is a very interesting plant. It's the fastest-growing plant on the planet and it was once recorded growing at an amazing 47.6 inches in a 24 hour period. It's a beautiful plant and I hope to grow it in my backyard one day, but it's almost impossible to maintain.

Did you know Bamboo can tolerate extreme conditions that most plants cannot? It was actually the first plant to re-green after the atomic blast in Hiroshima in 1945. (Lewis Bamboo)

Here's something stupid... When I was a student at Wall High School, my friends and I were trying to come up with a senior class prank. I suggested planting a ton of bamboo all over the schools' landscape. I was thinking there would be never-ending bamboo growing all over the place for years and years...unfortunately, I chickened out. It would have been hilarious though!

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Recently, the Belmar borough council approved an ordinance that bans the planting of bamboo. The city council also banned other invasive species of plants including...

  • Porcelain Berry
  • Kudza
  • Multiflora Rose
  • Mile-A-Minute
  • Japanese Knotwood
  • Garlic Mustard
  • Tree Heaven
  • Poison Oak
  • Poison Ivy
  • Ragweed
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If Belmar residents are caught growing bamboo and other invasive plant species on their property, they must remove it or face a $2,000 fine. The Belmar city council introduced this ordinance earlier this summer and it's now officially approved.

Thoughts?! Should you be able to grow bamboo in your yard or is this a good call by the Belmar city council?

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Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.

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