LUCEDALE, MS (WLOX) - The clock is running out for one Lucedale beekeeper to relocate her hives to outside of city limits. Dorothy Hobby has six hives filled with hundreds of thousands of bees situated on the corner of two lots she owns.
"My bees are my love," Hobby said.
The 80-year-old said she's been bee keeping in Lucedale city limits for the past six years, making honey as a supplemental form of income.
"My bees are not a problem. They do not hurt anybody. People walk up and down my street, kids ride bicycles," Hobby said.
Now, city leaders are trying to force her to get rid of them.
"I feel like they're picking on an old lady," Hobby said.
It all started with a petition by her neighbor that was presented to the board, saying the bees were creating a hazard.
"I literally knew nothing about it until I got a certified letter stating I had 30 days to remove my bees," said Hobby.
That was back in May.
"I was absolutely devastated," Hobby said.
So, she went to the board for an extension. After much back and forth and pleading, the board gave her 90 days.
Since then, Hobby and Mississippi Beekeepers member Michael Everett have been trying to sway the board to change their minds.
"We've asked to try and modify the ordinances, try to work with the city in any way that we can," Everett said.
The board says they're not budging. They've given Hobby until Sept. 7 to get rid of her nearly 250,000 bees.
Lucedale Mayor Darwin Nelson issued this statement Wednesday:
"I have spoken with some attorneys, and they are willing to fight to help me keep my bees where they are," Hobby said.
She says she hopes things don't have to go that far. She just wants to be able to keep her bees.