By Tim Kowols
Local beekeepers hope Sturgeon Bay’s new ordinance making it easier to take up the hobby will help answer some concerns about bees. Last month the Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved an ordinance allowing beekeepers to pay a smaller fee for a permit to install a hive given it was at least 25 feet from adjacent homeowners. Mark Lentz, a member of the Door County Beekeepers Club and one of the many voices that helped write the ordinance hopes this fosters a dialogue between the 80 club members and concerned land owners.
Sturgeon Bay’s beekeeping ordinance, which had changes made to it during the July 18 Common Council meeting, was based on similar rules in other municipalities across the country.