Gautier neighborhood besieged by bees

Gautier neighborhood besieged by bees

GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - It's an issue that's creating quite a "buzz" in the city of Gautier: Should residents be allowed to keep honey bees on their property?

Several residents have contacted WLOX regarding a honeybee farm on Martin Bluff Rd., and say the bees often swarm people, animals, and even cars.

Residents have contacted the city council, and Ward 5 Councilman Adam Colledge says council members are aware of the issue.

"At this time, there is no ordinance prohibiting beekeeping as a hobby within the city limits." Colledge said.

Colledge says if the resident keeping bees plans to sell the honey, they would have to apply for a privilege license through the city. However, simply keeping the bees for personal use is legal.

Ward 4 Councilman Charles "Rusty" Anderson says there are plans to propose a new ordinance to regulate beekeeping within the city. That proposal is expected to be presented to the council in March.

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