New beekeeping rules coming in Cuyahoga Falls

New beekeeping rules in Cuyahoga Falls

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO - Cuyahoga Falls is the home of Blossom Music Center. Where there are blossoms, there are bees.

There are also a growing number of folks who raise bees, like Bill Tompkin, and he's done so for 8 to 10 years.

His home is located at one of the busiest places in town, but the bees don't mind.

But the city might. New legislation may sting Bill out of his honey hobby.

He says he has to have a 62-foot lot under the new requirements, and he cant do that.  His lot isn't big enough.

Some don't want bee hives in town.

Others welcome the legislation.

The pending legislation will give beekeepers three years to comply. The retired Cuyahoga Falls firefighter hopes he can somehow be grandfathered in.

"In three years, I'll be 87, or nearly. I don't know what my life will be like in three years. I hate to... I hate to sell em.><I don't think they realize what they done to me," Tompkin said.

The City of Cuyahoga Falls did not respond to our request for an interview, but Bill is hoping for a sweet ending.


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