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Lafayette council lifts ban on beekeeping

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette City-Parish Council has voted unanimously to legalize beekeeping in Lafayette.
    
Tuesday's vote ends a 50-year-old ban that caught the attention City-Parish President Joey Duel earlier this year when he learned of its existence.
    
Duel 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 Acadian Beekeepers Association, says bees as a general rule are not very aggressive.
    



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