Jul 15

Cash-Strapped New York City Fines Resident For Failing To Water A Beehive

Honey bees

Swarms of honey bees have been appearing all over New York City. In some cases they are captured and sent to live in Connecticut. (Photo: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — This story probably falls into the category of Ripley’s “bee-lieve” it or not.

The Bloomberg administration socked a Queens man with a hefty fine for failing to water his beehive, reports CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer.

It’s a new one in the annals of city government. The cash-strapped Bloomberg administration has mounted a “sting operation” against city beekeepers — ticketing a Douglaston man an unbelievable $2,000 for not watering his beehive.

“It’s outrageous. It’s difficult to understand how this could happen,” Tip Sempliner said.

And here’s why: there is a beehive waterer a few feet from the hive.

When asked if it’s logical to assume the bees could fly two feet to get the water, Sempliner said, “I don’t know if they’d bother. They could just step out of the hive and fall in the water.”


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