|Posted by Anne Siren on March 1, 2013 at 3:45 AM|
By Judy Vik
Oakland Park – City commissioners on Wednesday unanimously approved an ordinance on second reading to permit honey bee keeping in the downtown district on city-owned properties.
The city recently retained the Urban Farming Institute to provide an urban farm park and offer educational courses at Jaco Pastorius Park. One of the classes will offer instruction on urban and rural beekeeping without the use of chemicals.
Registration with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will be required in order to ensure that the proposed beekeeping activities are certified and properly maintained.
Commissioner Jed Shank suggested the city next look at making the same accommodation for aquaculture.
In other business:
Commissioners unanimously approved on first reading an ordinance to provide for inspection of abandoned property.
With this ordinance, if a property is vacant or abandoned for 30 days or more, the mortgage holder must inspect the property to confirm it is abandoned and register with the city.
The ordinance is intended to give the city more control over abandoned properties.