From the Daily News:
Gardeners are upset the proposed rules leave the door open for development of the plots.
The rules were drafted to replace a 2002 agreement with then-state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer which preserved hundreds of gardens, settling a battle between gardeners and the Giuliani administration.
The agreement, which expires next month, promised "permanent protection to hundreds of community gardens...a fair process for reviewing future proposals to develop other garden properties," Bloomberg said in announcing the 2002 agreement.
The new rules allow any garden property to be sold if the City Council approves, though officials say they have no current plans to get rid of any of them.
Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe said Bloomberg was not guaranteeing gardens would be preserved forever.
"Permanent protection to hundreds of community gardens, not permanent gardens," he said.
"The intention is to help community gardens continue to succeed," Benepe added. "It is unfortunate there is such strong misperception of this."
What? Can someone translate that, please?