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Backyard Chickens a no-go in Clearwater

CLEARWATER---The hopes of one determined chicken aficionado have flown the coop as the City Council opted Monday not to allow poultry to be raised in the city’s backyards.

Erin Bennett, who lives near Sunset Point and Keene roads, had become a familiar face at council meetings, asking for an ordinance to legalize the practice.

Earlier this month, Bennett had presented a petition with more than 1,110 signatures that she’d gathered around Tampa Bay’s third-largest city.

At Monday’s work session, Council member Bill Jonson said he thought Bennett ---known by some at City Hall as the “chicken lady”--deserved some feedback.

So Mayor George Cretekos polled council members. Not a peep of support.

Bennett, 31, said she was disappointed in the council’s decision.

[Last modified: Monday, May 12, 2014 5:51pm]


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