Do you know it’s now legal to raise bees in the city? What do you think?

June 2, 2010

Interviews & Photos by Michael Timm

Dave Hakes

“I didn’t know that and I don’t know why you wouldn’t be able to. They’re not a nuisance. I think you should raise chickens, too.”

-Dave Hakes, Dover Street

Jaclyn Jankowski

“I did not know…I guess it’s okay. I don’t know, I like bees, as long as I don’t get stung by them, ’cause then I’d die.”

-Jaclyn Jankowski, Fifth Place


“No, I didn’t. But I’m also unaware of any bee problem. I love bees, but they’re all kind of dying anyway, and that sucks. So, there’s probably no place for them in the city, I guess. If I was stuck in the city, I would want to have some bees. Some people are afraid of bees. I read once that pennyroyal, an herb in the mint family, keeps bees away a lot, which might also keep your flowers from re-pollinating.”

-John, (Kinnickinnic Avenue)

Emily Conigliaro

“Hmm, I didn’t know that. I guess it’s okay, if people want to make their own honey, do their own thing, I can understand why you’d want to do that. But I wouldn’t want bees in my backyard.”

-Emily Conigliaro, Linus Street

Jim Luepke

“Wow! No, I don’t. I don’t see any problem with it. Wow, totally uninformed on the subject, sorry!”

-Jim Luepke, Oklahoma Avenue

In March, the Milwaukee Common Council approved an ordinance that allows bees to be raised in the city. Urban beekeepers must obtain an $80 annual permit.

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One Comment on "Do you know it’s now legal to raise bees in the city? What do you think?"

  1. Matt on Tue, 8th Jun 2010 11:56 am 

    I’ve contemplated doing this though I wasn’t aware that it was ever illegal, why was it made illegal to begin with? The $80 annual permit is a load of BS though. I don’t see how that serves any function other than the city needs to grub money any way it can.

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