Urban Beekeeping Feeling the Sting of Cities Rules

Deseret News  By Amy Joi O'Donoghue  8/20/12

"The swarm of conflict surrounding urban beekeeping is leading to conflict in several Wasatch cities."

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The swarm of popularity surrounding urban beekeeping is leading to conflict in several Wasatch Front cities, where leaders are contemplating imposing restrictions, revisiting outright bans or simply trying to learn what it means to have honeybee hives in neighborhood backyards.

Earlier this month, West Jordan officials held off passing an ordinance that would have added restrictions that beekeepers say are unfair. On Tuesday, Saratoga Springs officials are meeting to consider revising restrictions put on city beekeepers about a year ago. Similar discussions on beekeeping are happening in Murray and in the Weber County community of Roy.

This past weekend, Saratoga Springs beekeeper...

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"I think it is a matter of just being able to get out and educate people that the domestic bee is not out to get them.” Beekeeper Ryan Murdock