Lafayette

Jul 16, 2014 8:45 AM by AP

Lafayette council lifts ban on beekeeping

The Lafayette City-Parish Council has voted unanimously to legalize beekeeping in Lafayette.

The Advocate reports Tuesday's vote ends a 50-year-old ban that caught the attention City-Parish President Joey Durel earlier this year when he learned of its existence.

Durel said he first heard of the ban after asking a beekeeper at a recent farmers market about the possibility of getting a beehive in his yard so the pollinators could make his lemon tree more productive.

Some councilmen questioned possible safety issues, asking whether allowing beehives in the city might raise the likelihood of stings.

Michael Smith, a third-generation beekeeper and president of the Acadiana Beekeepers Association, says bees as a general rule are not very aggressive.

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